How to Determine if Its 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 smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably 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 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out 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 likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 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 best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 601-292-9763 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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