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

When your air conditioner in San Dimas breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about additionally 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 run as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many experts 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, change the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be bigger 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 consider a replacement, Energy Upgrades, Inc. can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 626-478-2922 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.