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

When your air conditioner in Olathe 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 run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be considered on top of 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support 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 taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, try 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 spiking without increased usage? This is a indication 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 consider a replacement, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.