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

When your air conditioner in Jefferson City stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably 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 lead 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many professionals 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just worked 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Stieferman Heating Company Inc 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 573-203-3908 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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