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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Marshall fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, All Elements Heating & Air LLC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 903-702-3941 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.