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

When your air conditioner in Excelsior Springs breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. 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 lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 huge factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals suggest 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, exchange 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 get a replacement, Colvin's Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 816-630-2702 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.