When your air conditioner in Pacheco fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you replace your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star proposes upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your present-day central air conditioner is greater 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 prone to break down again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the future. When you think about possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?
Many technicians suggest 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
- Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a symptom 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. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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 think about a replacement, Clean Air HVAC can help! Our professionals can help you decide how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 925-233-6238 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.