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

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When your air conditioner in Muskogee fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely 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 In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify 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 greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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, Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help! Our professionals 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 918-682-8238 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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