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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Lincoln stops working, 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 run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

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

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago taken measures 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 get a replacement, AW Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 402-318-5351 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.