How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Wharton breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct you.

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

The age of your air conditioner is a large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current 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 couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 979-323-6130 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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