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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Keokuk stops working, 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 similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. 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 huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, 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 vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts recommend 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, 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 enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, WM J Kraus & Son can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 319-229-2318 to setup an appointment for us to come out.