How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement05/12/2017When your air conditioner in Aurora 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 similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be thought about in addition 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 huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system. So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old. Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future? Many professionals suggest 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, change 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 spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down. Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 think about a replacement, Service Plus Mechanical 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 630-473-4749 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.