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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 long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly 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 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 large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out 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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

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

Many professionals suggest 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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just did something 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 consider a replacement, J.L. Brady Company LLC can help! Our professionals can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 309-517-7511 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.