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

When your air conditioner in Marshalltown breaks down, it can be hard 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be thought about on top of 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 large factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently 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. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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, Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 641-812-2028 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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