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

When your air conditioner in Hattiesburg stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing 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 couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom 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. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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, Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 601-268-3486 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.