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

When your air conditioner in Greenville stops working, 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 long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be thought about additionally 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 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 a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts suggest 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, replace 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Ken Parker Service Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 903-883-2829 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.