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

When your air conditioner in Moline fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be thought about on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct you.

How old is your system and how often are you repairing it?

The age of your air conditioner is a large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace 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 vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians recommend 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Also, if you’ve just 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 309-762-3641 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.