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Repair vs. Replace: 4 Signs It’s Time to Retire Your Air Conditioner

July 22nd, 2012

Repair vs. Replace

Repair or replace? That is a question many Northern California homeowners struggle with when their air conditioner breaks. It is not an easy choice, and ultimately the decision can only be made by you.

But to help you make a more informed decision, we have put together a list of four things that may signal it is time to retire your ageing air conditioner and upgrade to a newer, more efficient system.

Age Has Taken Its Toll

Before you pay the air conditioning repairman to resuscitate your dying cooling system, consider its age. Most air conditioners last about 10-12 years before requiring more consistent repairs. Would the cost of this repair (and more in the future) be better used to replace your system?

Health Has Become a Consistent Issue

If you repair your air conditioner only to have something else go wrong, it may be time to consider retirement. As your air conditioner continues to age, more parts will wear out and require replacement.

It Takes More Energy to Do the Same or Less

Another symptom of an air conditioner on the verge of retirement is spiking energy bills. Even if your air conditioner has not stopped working, its internal parts age and become less efficient.

If you notice a large spike in your energy bills from one summer to another, or a gradual increase over the years, you may want to start looking for a replacement air conditioner or heat pump.

You Are Ready To Enjoy Your Benefits

The primary benefit of retiring your aging air conditioner and replacing it with a newer, more efficient model is money savings. A new, more efficient air conditioner can save you 20-40% on your annual cooling costs. That is a pretty sizeable chunk of change.

So if this record-breaking summer heat in Northern California has caused your aging air conditioner to stop working, use these four signs to determine if it is better for you to repair or replace.

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