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

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another the U.S. summer and suddenly your cool air stops blasting. You call an A/C system expert to come over and take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment? 

Age 

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. But if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system. 

Money 

To keep on topic with the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another factor to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system. 

Efficiency 

Technology is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that? 

To schedule a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787. We will pay you a visit, review your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For further information on if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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