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

When your air conditioner in Moline fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about in addition 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as efficiently 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 replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will justify 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 taken care of, 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, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and improved 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up 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 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, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 309-323-9584 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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