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

When your air conditioner in Huntsville breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered in addition 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 large factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run 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 In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many experts advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced 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 not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 256-801-4701 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.