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

When your air conditioner in Denton breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. 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 probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered 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 big 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 well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older 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 change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 get a replacement, Oak Point Heating and Air LLC can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 940-202-1202 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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