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

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 taken care of 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 taken into account 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 decision 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 especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current 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 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 enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective 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 increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just worked 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life is left 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 come out.

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