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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Paso Robles fails, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign 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. 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 lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences 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 large factor in your decision to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively 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. Most often, this savings will support 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 present-day central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine 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 run. When you take into account possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the future?

Many technicians recommend following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your unit by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change the system. If it’s less, just get the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased 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. Just the same, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Paso Robles Heating and Air can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 805-203-8667 to setup an appointment for us to check it out.