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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging away through another Jacksonville summer and then your cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another factor to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioner, call Air Engineers Service Experts at 904-450-5672. We will visit your home, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For further information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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