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

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When your air conditioner in Bossier City breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors 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 large factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation 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 economical in the end?

Many professionals recommend 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for 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 spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom 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. Also, if you’ve not long ago 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 318-747-4965 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.

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