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When to Consider Air Conditioning Replacement: A Guide for Homeowners

As the temperatures rise, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning system to fail. If you're experiencing frequent breakdowns, rising energy bills, or poor performance, it may be time to consider replacing your AC system. In this guide, we'll explore the signs that indicate it's time for a new air conditioning system.


Age of the System

One of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to replace your air conditioning system is its age. Most systems in the Houston area have a lifespan of around 10-15 years, so if your system is approaching or exceeding this age, it may be time to start thinking about a replacement. Older systems are more likely to break down frequently and may not be as energy-efficient as newer models, which can lead to higher energy bills.


Frequent Repairs

If you find yourself calling for repairs on your air conditioning system more than once a year, it may be time to consider a replacement. Frequent breakdowns can be a sign that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan and may not be worth the cost of continued repairs. Additionally, constantly repairing an older system can end up costing more in the long run than investing in a new, more reliable system.


Rising Energy Bills

If you've noticed a significant increase in your energy bills, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is no longer running efficiently. As systems age, they become less efficient and require more energy to cool your home. This can lead to higher energy bills and a strain on your wallet. Consider replacing your system with a newer, more energy-efficient model to save money in the long run.


Strange Noises or Odors

If you notice strange noises or odors coming from your air conditioning system, it could be a sign that it's time for a replacement. Grinding, squealing, or banging noises could indicate a problem with a motor or other internal components. Foul odors could be a sign of some organic growth or other contaminants in the system. These issues can not only affect the performance of your system but also pose health risks to you and your family. It's best to have a professional inspect your system and determine if a replacement is necessary.


Repair or Replace Calculator

An HVAC industry accepted rule for determining whether to repair or replace an HVAC system is the $5,000 rule. You can multiply the age of your equipment by its estimated repair cost. If the result is under $5,000, then repairing the system is likely the route to go. If the result is over $5,000, then it is likely time to consider a replacement. You can use this calculator to help!



This information is a general guideline. If you think it’s time to replace your HVAC system, please reach out to us, and we can help you. You can always call or text 281-360-9898.

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