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

When your air conditioner in Genoa fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better 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 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. Older 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. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify 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 present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

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

Many professionals advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, go for 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 going up 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 recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 professionals 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 847-306-8990 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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