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

When your air conditioner in Carlsbad stops working, it can be hard to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. E.g., a system that has been serviced regularly could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be taken into account on top of 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 verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as effectively as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may know if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Most often, this savings will rationalize investment in a replacement system.

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

Beyond your unit’s age, examine your AC repair history. If your system has failed a few times, it’s prone to fail again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more economical over time?

Many technicians recommend 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 cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills going up without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is failing.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment 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 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 consider a replacement, Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 575-446-3948 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.

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