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

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When your air conditioner in Pella stops working, 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 long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your aged 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 particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine 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 long term. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many experts 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 think about a replacement, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating 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 641-628-3621 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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