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

When your air conditioner in Longview fails, it can be difficult 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 identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, 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. In many circumstances, this savings will support 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking 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 run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 consider a replacement, Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our experts 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 903-758-0701 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.