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

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When your air conditioner in Oxford fails, 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 similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be thought about in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 choice 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 definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged 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 maintained, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many experts 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign 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 function properly. Likewise, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 get a replacement, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 662-350-0343 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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