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

May 12, 2017

When your air conditioner in San Jose stops working, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a smarter option for the future. The answer isn’t similar for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been taken care of could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other factors 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 call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Older systems usually don’t operate as effectively as they did when they were new—and especially not as efficiently as a new, energy-efficient model. Actually, you could lower your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 vary based on your exact equipment and how well it’s been cared for, but Energy Star proposes 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 prone to stop working again—this circumstance can end up costing you more money in the long term. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

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, go for the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cool enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t keeping up.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without enhanced usage? This is a sign that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your unit is too small for your home, it can’t do its job. Likewise, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually be greater than you need to cool a very efficient home.

If you’re not positive if you need an AC repair or if it’s time to think about a replacement, American HVAC Inc can help! Our experts can help you determine how much life lingers in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 408-215-1018 to setup an appointment for us to visit you.