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

When your air conditioner in Alliance stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many experts 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, change 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom 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 function properly. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 308-646-3827 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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