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

When your air conditioner in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan 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 lead you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a huge factor in your decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently 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 exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many experts 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced 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 do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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, Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 816-286-7258 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.