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

When your air conditioner in Tuscaloosa stops working, 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better 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 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 function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals recommend 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. 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 unclear about 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 determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 205-208-8090 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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