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

When your air conditioner in Odessa stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 verdict 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 particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 432-333-2208 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.