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

When your air conditioner in Reeds Spring breaks down, it can be hard 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 the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older 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 change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone 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 economical in the end?

Many technicians recommend 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 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 symptom 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. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.