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

When your air conditioner in Lexington stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered 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 huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out 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 differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older 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 probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts advise 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, go for 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 on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, James Heating & A/C, Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.