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

When your air conditioner in Holdrege breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively 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. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Durable Service can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 308-995-8177 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.