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 considered 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, 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 justify 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 maintained, 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 scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?
Many experts suggest 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, replace the system. If it’s less, go for 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 increasing 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating 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 641-628-3621 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.