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

When your air conditioner in Sylmar fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been taken care of could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime 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 big factor in your verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and definitely not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your aged 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 present-day central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider possible rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians suggest 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try 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 extra usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is breaking down.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve recently taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be bigger 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 get a replacement, American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 818-370-7266 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.