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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Buellton fails, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be thought about additionally 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 large factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace 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 change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, 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, check out your AC repair history. If your system has failed a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about possible rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many professionals 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Just the same, 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 unclear about if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to consider a replacement, Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning 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 805-242-9638 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.