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

When your air conditioner in Bloomington fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time 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 example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic 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 thought about on top of 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account likely rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?

Many technicians suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago taken measures 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 not sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, All Seasons Heating & A/C Co can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 812-332-9100 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.