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

When your air conditioner in Keokuk breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences 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 huge factor in your choice 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 swap out your older 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 change 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 present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals suggest 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, replace 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 extra 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, WM J Kraus & Son can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 319-229-2318 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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