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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Keokuk breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of 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 maintained. Many other factors should be considered 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 operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 stopped working 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 potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians 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, 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 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 equipment 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 unclear about 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 determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 319-524-3714 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.