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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Carpentersville breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed several times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many experts advise 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, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy 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 failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 get a replacement, Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 224-412-8308 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.