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

When your air conditioner in Corpus Christi breaks down, 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 identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better 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 considered 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians advise 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, try 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 increasing without increased usage? This is a sign 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 function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, McNatt Inc can help! Our specialists 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 361-888-4808 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.