When your air conditioner in Des Moines breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered 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 large factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged 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. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your older 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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the end?
Many professionals 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, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.
Here are some other questions you should consider:
- Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
- Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
- Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 515-207-6569 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.