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

When your air conditioner in Albuquerque breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many technicians advise 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, exchange 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 think about a replacement, Desert Suns Heating & Cooling can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 505-994-9176 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.