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How To Tell if Your AC Needs Repair or Replacement

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4 Factors To Consider

As the temperatures rise in the Southern Indiana region, families are turning to their cooling systems for the comfort they need.

For some, the transition will be simple, requiring only a bit of maintenance to ensure their systems can withstand the summer heat. Other homes, however, may have older systems in dire need of repair or replacement, and understanding which is best for your particular needs can help you better prepare.

In this blog post, the HVAC experts at Reliable Comfort explain how to tell if your AC needs repair or replacement so you can make the most informed decision for your home comfort and safety.

1. Age

Like all home systems, your air conditioner has a finite lifespan, which may vary depending on its maintenance schedule, use, manufacturer, and installation quality. In general, most modern central air conditioning systems are designed to last at least 10 to 15 years; however, with diligent maintenance, some can last as long as 30.

If your air conditioner is reaching the 10-year mark and has needed regular repairs, consider AC replacement instead of additional repairs. On the other hand, if your system is younger than 10 years old, it may still have plenty of life left in it.

2. Frequency of Repairs or Breakdowns

Over time, it’s only natural that your air conditioning will occasionally need repair services to keep it in proper working order. From refrigerant leaks and electrical malfunctions to clogged air filters and blocked condensate drain lines, a lot can go wrong with your AC. While it’s normal to put in a repair request every now and then, when they become more frequent and expensive, it’s time to consider an upgrade.

Before booking an AC replacement appointment, get a few repair quotes. If the cost of your needed repairs is 50% or more than the price it would be to replace your unit, a cooling system upgrade may be the most cost-effective option for satisfying your long-term comfort needs.

3. Energy Efficiency

As your air conditioner ages, it may exhibit signs of reduced efficiency. If your energy bills are rising without a corresponding increase in usage, it’s a sure sign that your AC is suffering from decreased efficiency. While upgrading to a newer, ENERGY STAR®-rated cooling system can provide the relief you need, it’s important to first consider whether a full replacement is necessary.

In some cases, reduced efficiency could indicate the need for an AC tune-up. If it’s been longer than one year since your last maintenance appointment, some simple maintenance may be all your system needs to get back to optimal functionality.

4. Your Home’s Needs

When an air conditioning system is the improper size, or your family’s needs have changed over the years, it won’t matter if your AC unit is in perfect condition. You need a solution that’s capable of satisfying your home’s comfort demands. In this instance, a complete replacement or adding zoned ductless mini-splits may be the best option to ensure your comfort needs are met.

Choose Reliable Comfort for Your Cooling Service Needs

Still struggling to decide whether air conditioning repair or replacement is the best option for your home? Reliable Comfort is here to help. With over 20 years of HVAC expertise and exceptional coupons and financing, we go above and beyond to provide convenient, affordable AC services to families throughout Southern Indiana.

Don’t ignore the signs. Contact us online today to book AC repair or replacement with Reliable Comfort in Seymour or Columbus, IN!

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