When your air conditioner in Wharton fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign 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. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about additionally 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.
Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?
Many technicians advise 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, just get the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
- Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
- Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 think about a replacement, Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 979-323-6130 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.