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

When your air conditioner in Oxford fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. 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 generally have a longer lifespan 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 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts recommend 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get 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 symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently 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 662-281-1231 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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