Should I repair or replace my air conditioning unit? That is the age-old question most homeowners face when looking at a repair issue with their heating or air conditioner system. You may be thinking of doing without the air conditioning Tinley Park, IL repair if the bill ends up being too high. But we all know we want the repair behind us and get on with our lives.
So how do you decide whether to keep what you have or to send it to the graveyard and start with something new?
Air Conditioner Age.
If your system is more than 10 years old it may be time to open your wallet, let the moths fly out and take advantage of some new technology and efficiency. 10 years is old – really? Obviously there are more factors than just age but this can be a good guide to whether you should start considering something new. On most air conditioners, you’ll find the age of your unit on the manufacturer’s sticker located on the front or side of the equipment. Most of the time, our technicians can locate the age simply from reading the serial number on your air conditioner. The first 4 digits of the serial number usually represent the year and week or the week and the year, depending on manufacture.
50 Percent Rule.
When the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system, it’s generally time to replace the system. The only disadvantage to this rule is how do you figure out the “value of your heating or cooling system”? That’s anyone’s uneducated guess. If another contractor is trying to put a price tag on your aging system, show them the door!
Cost of Repairs.
This is generally the main factor when looking for something new. We recommend a new furnace and new air conditioner if the repair is more than $800. However, if the system is only 6 years old, $800 doesn’t seem an unreasonable investment to provide a few more years of life out of your system. So, we recommend looking at both the age and the cost of the repair. If your system is more than 10 years old AND will cost more than $800 to repair you should take a serious look at replacing your air conditioning Tinley Park, IL equipment. Also, if you have had multiple repairs over the years of ownership, take this into account. $200 here and $600 there can really add up.
If you have questions and would like more information, call Air-ease Heating and Cooling at 708-429-6550 or send us an email and we would be more than happy to assist you with your air conditioning Tinley Park, IL questions. Our experts will answer your questions and provide you with real information so you can make an informed decision!