How to Determine if Its Time for an AC Repair or Replacement

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in Long Beach 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 long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, 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 serviced. Many other aspects should be thought about on top of 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 verdict to order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your particular equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star advises upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

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

Many experts advise 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, change the system. If it’s less, just get 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 increasing without enhanced usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Also, if you’ve not long ago 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 think about a replacement, YES R&M Inc. can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 562-286-6624 to setup an appointment for us to come out.