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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Alliance fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, 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 aspects should be considered in addition 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace 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 cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced 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 system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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, Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 308-321-4703 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.