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

When your air conditioner in Marshalltown breaks down, 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 identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 verdict 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 effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace 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 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 older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation 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 economical over time?

Many technicians recommend 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, go for 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 breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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 think about a replacement, B & G HVAC can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 641-752-3429 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.