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

When your air conditioner in Grand Prairie fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Mustang Mechanical can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 972-445-9504 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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