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

When your air conditioner in Holdrege stops working, it can be tricky 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 serviced regularly 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 upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well 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. Usually, this savings will justify 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 advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down 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 consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many technicians recommend 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, go for 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 increasing 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 in fact 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 decide 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 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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