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

When your air conditioner in Bakersfield stops working, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long term. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will almost certainly have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other factors should be taken into account additionally 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 order an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and definitely not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could reduce your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will support investment in a replacement system.

So how old is “too old”? That can change based on your specific equipment and how well it’s been taken care of, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current 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 few times, it’s probable to stop working again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and improved efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative over time?

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, 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 going up without enhanced usage? This is a symptom that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your system is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Likewise, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be greater 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 consider a replacement, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help! Our specialists can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the best option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.