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

When your air conditioner in Paso Robles 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 similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be considered on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange 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 change based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been maintained, but Energy Star proposes 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 broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the future. When you take into account potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

Many technicians advise 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, exchange the system. If it’s less, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something 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, Paso Robles Heating and Air can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 805-238-7553 or schedule an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.