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

When your air conditioner in Genoa fails, 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. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account additionally 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your older 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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians 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, change 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be greater 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, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 847-293-0047 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.