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

When your air conditioner in Augusta breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, 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 direct 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 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 definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged 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 differ 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 existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many technicians 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 get a replacement, Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 706-722-5304 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.