How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Irvine fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long term. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be taken into account in addition to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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, True Home Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 949-258-7259 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.

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