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

When your air conditioner in Auburn fails, it can be difficult to know if it’s an occasion for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a greater option for the long run. The answer isn’t the same for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a better candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer existence than another system that hasn’t been upheld. Many other aspects should be thought about in addition 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 big factor in your choice to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t operate as efficiently 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 replace your older system with a new, energy-efficient unit. Usually, this savings will justify investment in a replacement system.

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

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working several times, it’s probable to break down again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you consider likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more lucrative in the future?

Many professionals 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, replace the system. If it’s less, try the repair.

Here are some other questions you should consider:

  • Is your house cozy enough in the summer? If not, your system isn’t running well.
  • Are your energy bills spiking without increased usage? This is a indication 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 function properly. Also, if you’ve recently did something to make your home more energy efficient, your system can actually 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 consider a replacement, Forster Heating can help! Our specialists can help you determine how much life remains in your system and what the ideal option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 530-206-0330 or arrange an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.