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

When your air conditioner in Murrieta stops working, it can be hard 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 instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime 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 guide 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 function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize 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 maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down 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 lucrative over time?

Many professionals recommend 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • 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 just worked 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, Cool Air Solutions can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 951-299-9853 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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