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

May 12, 2017

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 greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be considered 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 big factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, 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 maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many experts 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 cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something 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 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 decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 309-323-9584 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.