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

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When your air conditioner in Lexington stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater 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 smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Kelley Mechanical can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 859-209-3003 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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