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

When your air conditioner in Opelika stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time 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. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged 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 fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, 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 likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals recommend 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, try 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 increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently worked 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 334-524-2458 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.