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

When your air conditioner in Santee breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help direct 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 run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support 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 cared for, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s prone to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical 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, 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 spiking without extra usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Aireforce Heating & Air Inc can help! Our experts can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 619-448-2470 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.