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 time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. 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 lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be considered 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 large factor in your verdict to order 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. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 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 more than 10 years old.

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

Many professionals 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 keeping up.
  • 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. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 think about a replacement, The Frazier Company can help! Our professionals 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 402-628-0206 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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