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

When your air conditioner in South Beloit and Belvidere fails, it can be difficult 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 identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t operate as effectively 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 thought possible if you swap out your aged 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 change based on your exact 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 greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, exchange the system. If it’s less, just get 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 spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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, Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 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 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.