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

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When your air conditioner in Augusta stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be considered in addition 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 large factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve recently worked 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 think about a replacement, McCune Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 316-469-7994 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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