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

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When your air conditioner in Orange County breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s time for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account on top of to this. We’ve got some questions that can help lead 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 decision to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 exact 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 greater than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about possible rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals advise 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, 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 keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without extra usage? This is a indication 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. 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 sure if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to get a replacement, Mighty Ducts can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 714-464-3376 to setup an appointment for us to come out.

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