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Is Now the Time for an AC Upgrade?

If your air conditioner is getting up in age, you may be wondering whether or not this summer is the season that you have to upgrade to a new unit. Sometimes it can be difficult to make that decision, especially if you want to squeeze a little extra life out of your existing unit.

The good news is, you don’t have to make the decision alone. Our team is here to help you decide between air conditioning repair and air conditioning installation in Evanston. You can keep reading to learn more about some of the signs that can indicate it’s time to upgrade your air conditioner, as well as some times when repairs may be the better solution.

Signs That Your AC is Out of Life

Once your air conditioner is at least 10 years old, it’s time to plan ahead for a replacement in the near future. The closer that you get to the 15 year mark, the more likely it is that your air conditioner needs to be replaced.

Aside from age, you can also pay attention to changes in operation like consistently long cooling cycles or cooling cycles that turn on and off frequently. These changes can mean that your AC is struggling to keep up with maintaining a consistent temperature for your home.

The unit may also begin to make loud noises if components are failing. If you ever hear banging, screeching, or scraping then you need to turn your unit off completely and call for service. Sometimes we can make repairs, but the older your unit is, the more likely it is that it needs to be replaced instead.

When Repairs Suffice

It can make a lot of sense to repair your air conditioner if the needs are relatively minor. You don’t want to put thousands of dollars into an already older air conditioner. But if repair needs are small enough that you only have to spend a few hundred dollars, it’s probably worth making the investment.

Of course, if you have to make repairs again and again because your AC continues to have small problems, that can be a major red flag. Instead of spending a little money here and a little money there, consider just going ahead and putting that money toward a brand-new AC instead.

Of course, suppose you are not quite ready to make the investment in a brand-new unit. In that case, our team may be able to come up with a repair solution that buys you another season with your existing air conditioner so that you can plan ahead and make a replacement before the next summer season rolls around.

Making an Installation Decision 

Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. Our team has seen a lot of air conditioners and completed a variety of repairs and installations. We can usually tell when a unit is reaching the end of its lifespan based on the overall wear of the components. We can talk to you about your different options and help you decide which solution fits your needs the best.

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for air conditioning installation in Evanston!

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