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

When your air conditioner in Omaha fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. 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 almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally 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. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment 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 cozy 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 failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, The Frazier Company can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 402-896-5900 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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