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 instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account in addition 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce 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 specific 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 greater than 10 years old.

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

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, 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 going up without increased 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. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 consider a replacement, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts 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 check it out.

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