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

When your air conditioner in Upland breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about on top of 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 huge factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could lower 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 vary based on your specific 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 older than 10 years old.

Beyond your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s likely to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you take into account potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective 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, replace 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 going up without increased usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t function properly. Likewise, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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, Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 909-982-5698 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.