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

When your air conditioner in Lawrence fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors should be considered additionally 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many technicians advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy 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 system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 consider a replacement, Scott Temperature can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 785-843-2244 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.