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

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When your air conditioner in Fort Worth fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar 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 lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about in addition 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged 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 fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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 consider a replacement, Breeze Air and Heat can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 817-864-1021 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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