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

When your air conditioner in Lake Forest fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the future?

Many experts suggest following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit 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 increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 think about a replacement, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 949-204-0859 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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