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

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When your air conditioner in Laguna Hills stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s time 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. For instance, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, 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 vary based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your equipment by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, try 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 increased 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 do its job. Just the same, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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, White Mechanical, Inc. can help! Our professionals 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 949-284-6382 or arrange an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.

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