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

When your air conditioner in Orange County fails, it can be tricky to know if it’s a sign for an AC repair, or if a replacement would be a better option for the future. The answer isn’t identical for every homeowner. For example, a system that has been well maintained could be a smarter candidate for an AC repair because it will probably have a longer lifespan than another system that hasn’t been maintained. Many other aspects should be taken into account 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 huge factor in your choice to call for an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Dated systems usually don’t function as well as they did when they were new—and especially not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In reality, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you may think if you swap out your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 justify 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 maintained, but Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your existing central air conditioner is older than 10 years old.

Past your unit’s age, check out your AC repair history. If your system has broken down a couple of times, it’s prone to fail again—this scenario can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you think about potential rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective over time?

Many experts recommend 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, 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 running well.
  • Are your energy bills going up without increased usage? This is a indication that your air conditioner is on the fritz.
  • Is your system properly sized? If your equipment is too small for your home, it can’t run efficiently. Just the same, if you’ve just worked to make your home more energy efficient, your system can essentially be larger 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, Ocean Air Conditioning can help! Our professionals can help you establish how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment for us to visit you using our online scheduler.