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

When your air conditioner in Las Vegas fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion 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 realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace 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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many experts 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures 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 not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Polar Air & Heating Inc can help! Our specialists 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 702-623-0579 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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