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

When your air conditioner in Mobile fails, 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 term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account in addition 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts suggest 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 get a replacement, Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 251-471-2674 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.