When Should You Repair Your Air Conditioner and When Should You Replace It

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another North America summer and suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when should you call it a day and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the above statement, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 866-397-3787. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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