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When Is it Time for an HVAC Upgrade?

When it comes to your air conditioner, there’s a period of time when you may be wondering whether you need to make repairs to boost its lifespan a little bit or go ahead and invest in an entirely new unit. Sometimes repairs make sense, and other times an upgrade makes more sense.

We’re highlighting some key points that can help you decide between making repairs or investing in an entirely new unit. If you have any questions, or when you are ready to make an appointment, you can call us for an HVAC upgrade in Rancho Cordova, CA. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the signs that it is time to upgrade your existing HVAC system to a newer model.

Signs It’s Time for a New AC

It might be time for a new air conditioner if your current unit is between 10 and 15 years old, if not older. 10 to 15 years is the average air conditioner lifespan. The closer you get to the 15-year mark, the more likely it is that you will need an AC replacement.

Aside from unit age, it’s also a red flag if your air conditioner has problems frequently enough that you have to call for repair appointments repeatedly. Having repairs pop up over and over again is common within the last couple of years of an air conditioner’s life, so this is a red flag. That replacement needs to happen sooner rather than later.

It’s also possible that you experience one major repair need that costs several thousand dollars because one of the main components inside the air conditioner stopped working. Spending a lot of money on repairs, whether it’s at one time or over a period of months, may not make sense when you can put that money into a brand-new unit instead.

We recommend that you look at the cost of upgrading to a brand-new air conditioner and then compare that cost to what you were spending on repairs. If the cost of repairs is close to or surpasses half of the cost of replacing your air conditioner with a new unit, we recommend that you go with the new air conditioner.

When Repairs Make Sense

Repairs can be a smart investment when your air conditioner is younger than 10 years old. It still has a manufacturer’s warranty in place to cover any major problems that are out of the ordinary. Keeping up with your AC is like maintaining an insurance policy.

It also makes sense to invest in repairs when they are minor. It is completely normal to have to replace small components here and there as your air conditioner ages. These minor investments can make a big difference in extending the lifespan of your air conditioner. In fact, they can be the difference between your air conditioner lasting only 10 years or lasting 15 years or longer.

Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. today to schedule your AC services as soon as possible. You can always trust The Guys in the Big Red Trucks.

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