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

When your air conditioner in Des Moines fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be thought about additionally 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 large factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged 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 specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?

Many experts suggest 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up 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 in fact 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 consider a replacement, Heartland Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 515-344-3579 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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