When your air conditioner in Houston fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally 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 huge factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?
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, replace 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 working properly.
- Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication 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 function properly. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 consider a replacement, Marcos AC & Heating can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 713-469-3357 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.