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

When your air conditioner in Thousand Oaks breaks down, it can be tricky to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other influences should be thought about 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 choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and particularly not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you replace 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 differ based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a few times, it’s prone to stop working again—this scenario 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 economical over time?

Many professionals recommend 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a symptom 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. Also, if you’ve recently worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be bigger 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 get a replacement, Air Max HVAC Inc can help! Our experts can help you establish how much life lingers in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 805-217-8662 or set up an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.