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

When your air conditioner in Tuscaloosa breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. 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 generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account additionally 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 operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals suggest 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, change 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 going up without extra 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. Likewise, 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, KDM Service Corporation can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 205-758-2703 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.