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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Anaheim fails, it can be difficult 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 similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s likely to fail again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many technicians advise 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, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills increasing 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. Also, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially 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 get a replacement, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 714-855-1717 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.