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

When your air conditioner in Lodi breaks down, 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. For example, a system that has been serviced regularly could be a realistic candidate for an AC repair because it will generally have a longer lifetime than another system that hasn’t been serviced. Many other influences should be thought about in addition 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 big factor in your verdict to arrange an AC repair or invest in a replacement. Aged systems usually don’t run as well as they did when they were new—and particularly not as well as a new, energy-efficient model. In fact, you could decrease your energy consumption by more than you thought possible if you exchange your outdated system with a new, energy-efficient unit.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 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 current central air conditioner is greater than 10 years old.

Outside your unit’s age, look at your AC repair history. If your system has stopped working a couple of times, it’s prone to break down again—this situation can end up costing you more money in the long run. When you take into account likely rebates and enhanced efficiency, is a new system going to be more cost-effective in the end?

Many professionals recommend 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, exchange 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 working properly.
  • Are your energy bills increasing without increased usage? This is a indication 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. Just the same, if you’ve just taken measures to make your home more energy efficient, your system can in fact be larger 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 get a replacement, Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Our specialists can help you decide how much life is left in your system and what the top option for your home and budget will be. Call us at 209-368-0556 or set up an appointment for us to check it out using our online scheduler.