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

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When your air conditioner in the Upper Rio Grande Valley breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of 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 thought about additionally 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals recommend 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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, Cytech Heating & Cooling can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 956-630-3522 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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