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

When your air conditioner in Bishop fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the long run. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other influences should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your choice to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will support 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 recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down several times, it’s probable to break down again—this circumstance 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 lucrative in the future?

Many professionals advise following “The $5,000” rule. Multiply the age of your system by the cost of the AC repair. If it’s more than $5,000, change 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 increased 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. Just the same, if you’ve just did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact 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 think about a replacement, Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life is left in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 760-784-9034 or arrange an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.