When Should I Buy a New Air Conditioner?

When Should I Buy a New Air Conditioner?

Homeowners in Illinois know that having a working air conditioner in the summer isn’t an option; summers in Illinois are hot and muggy, and within a working HVAC system, summertime can be pretty uncomfortable, if not downright dangerous.

With that in mind, if you remember back to last summer, and all of the headache your air conditioner gave you then (and the number of times you were without cool air), you may be asking yourself: Is it time to buy a new air conditioner? Here’s a look into what you need to know about air conditioner replacement and when it’s time for a new HVAC system.

To Repair or Replace

Replacing an air conditioner can be a big expense, and many homeowners may be hesitant to do it as such. So how does one know when it’s time to stop making repairs and buy new?

  • Age matters. The first thing to think about when considering whether or not to buy a new air conditioner is the age of your current unit. If your unit is relatively young, you may benefit from just repairing it. Another tip is to use the “5,000 rule,” in which you take the cost of repairs and multiply it by the age of your unit. For example, if repairs are going to cost $380 and your unit is 10 years old, you would wind up with the number “3,800.” Since this is under 5,000, you can go ahead and repair – if the number is over 5,000, it’s time to replace.
  • How efficient is your HVAC system? Another thing to consider before repairing or replacing your HVAC system is efficiency. If your HVAC system is inefficient, and you’ve noticed for months or years that your utility bills have been on the rise, it may be time to replace it. On the other hand, if you’re pretty content with its efficiency and repairs are infrequent and inexpensive, repairing is ideal.
  • Is it broken? As the old adage goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” If it is broken, as in – it’s not working and you’ve already put hundreds or thousands of dollars into it, then it’s time for new A/C installation.

The Season Is Now

If you’ve decided that a new air conditioning unit is for you, the best season of the year for new A/C installation is right now! You don’t want to wait until the middle of summer to replace your unit; get things up and running as soon as possible, so that you know when the heat hits, you’ll be ready for it.

Our Team Is Here to Help

If you’re ready for air conditioner replacement in Illinois, our team is here to help. To request a free quote, contact us online or call us directly at 708-339-6444 today. We look forward to helping you!

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