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

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When your air conditioner in Tomball fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises 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 failed several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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, Premium Air Services LLC can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 713-688-8784 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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