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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Lawrence stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered additionally 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 large factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, 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 cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals 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, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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 consider a replacement, Scott Temperature 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 785-269-0465 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.