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

When your air conditioner in Pacheco stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other aspects should be considered in addition 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 large factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can differ based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many experts suggest 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, 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater 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, Clean Air HVAC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.