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How to Determine if It’s Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

When your air conditioner in Murrieta stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be thought about 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s likely to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many professionals 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, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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, Cool Air Solutions can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 951-676-2665 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.