How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Holdrege 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 similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current 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 few times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • 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 not long ago did something 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Durable Service can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 308-995-8177 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.