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

When your air conditioner in Lawrence fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, 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 maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account 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 big factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older 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.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at 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 possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals 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, replace 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 actually be larger 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, Scott Temperature can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life remains 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 visit you.

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