When your air conditioner in Bishop breaks down, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For instance, a system that has been well maintained could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 large factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your aged system with a new, energy-efficient unit. In many circumstances, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.
So how old is “too old”? That can vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Outside your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s likely to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the future. When you consider potential rebates and increased efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical in the end?
Many technicians suggest 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 comfortable enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t working properly.
- Are your energy bills increasing 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 run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve not long ago worked 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 get a replacement, Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life remains in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 760-784-9034 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.