How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Las Vegas stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 big factor in your decision to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your aged 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 differ based on your particular 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 greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking 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. Also, if you’ve not long ago taken measures 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, JonAire Inc can help! Our experts 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 702-866-9322 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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