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

When your air conditioner in Macon stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign 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 well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about 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 big factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged 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 change based on your specific 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.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign 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. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Air Temperature Control can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 478-784-1109 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.