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

When your air conditioner in Crystal Lake breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. 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 huge factor in your verdict to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as efficiently as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support 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 cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more 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 fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many professionals advise 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, replace the system. If it’s less, just get 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve not long ago worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be larger 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 think about a replacement, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 815-459-4700 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.