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

When your air conditioner in Midlothian breaks down, it can be hard 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. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts recommend 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 804-379-1155 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.