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

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When your air conditioner in Carpentersville breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, 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 factors should be taken into account on top of 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely 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 unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 get a replacement, Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 224-699-9229 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.

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