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

When your air conditioner in Madera stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be considered additionally to this. We’ve got some questions that can help guide 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 arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and particularly not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize 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 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 broken down a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals 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, 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 spiking without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, 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 think about a replacement, Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help! Our professionals 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 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment for us to come out using our online scheduler.