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

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When your air conditioner in Lincoln breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other factors 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 big 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 In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s probable to fail again—this scenario 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, replace 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. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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 remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 402-438-7992 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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