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

When your air conditioner in Metro Atlanta breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about on top of 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 verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged 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. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many experts recommend 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, ACS Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 770-939-7500 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.