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

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When your air conditioner in Lake Forest fails, it can be hard to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better 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 factors should be taken into account on top of 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 choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease 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 justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises 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 stopped working a few times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about likely rebates and enhanced 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 unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, replace the system. If it’s less, just get 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 equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Also, if you’ve just taken measures 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider 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 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.

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