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

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When your air conditioner in Ridgedale and the Branson area breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time 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 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 serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition 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 big factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, Branson HVAC, LLC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 417-544-4430 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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