Once an air conditioner has worked for over 10 years, especially in a place like Southern California where it will receive a significant amount of use, it will reach the point where the famous “repair or replace?” debate will start swirling around it.
An air conditioner that has worked for 10 years isn’t necessarily “old,” since many ACs will work for years past that (15 years is a common estimated lifespan for many systems). However, this is the age at which you need to keep a careful watch on repair and utility bills to see if the system is starting to falter. In some cases, targeted repairs from skilled professionals will keep an AC running efficiently for a few more years, saving you money. At other times, the system will become a drain on your funds and risk leaving you with an abruptly broken air conditioner right when you need it the most.
Here are some ways to decide between “repair or replace?” for your air conditioning in Glendale, CA. Contact JW Heating and Air for expert help that will find the right choice—and deliver you the quality repairs or installation you need.
Is the AC at or beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan?
Check on the lifespan estimate for the air conditioner (it should be on the cabinet). How far above/below is the system? In general, if it is a year or so older than the estimate, you should probably abandon repairs and look into replacement. It’s possible for the system to continue to operate, but it’s at risk of a serious breakdown and a sudden and expensive plunge of efficiency at almost any time.
How are the utility bills looking?
You should keep a close watch on your electric bills during the summer when the AC does the most work. If the bills make a sudden rise, then you should call for repairs, which can often target a specific issue in the system that will restore its efficiency. However, if the repairs do not correct the problem and the system has passed the 10 year milepost, then further repairs are probably not going to be useful, and you should consider a replacement.
How often have you needed repairs during the last year?
If repairs are already a frequent occurrence for your air conditioner, the situation is unlikely to get improve (especially if you are using a quality repair company for the work). If you haven’t needed repairs in a stretch, than you should opt for repair work first. A good rule of thumb is that if you need to spent more than $500 a year on repairs to keep the AC alive, than it should retire.
The opinion of HVAC experts is crucial to making the best final decision about your air conditioning system. Call JW Heating and Air and let our NATE-certified technicians help you discover what is best for your air conditioning in Glendale, CA and for your home.