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

When your air conditioner in Springfield breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. 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 choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 differ based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account potential rebates and improved 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, change 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a sign 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 did something 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Bormida Mechanical Services Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 217-210-2662 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.