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

When your air conditioner in Kearney fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your aged 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 present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals 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, exchange 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 extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 308-624-3485 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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