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 all of sudden the cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning professional to come out to evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when should you surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment? 

Age 

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system. 

Money 

To piggyback on the statement above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment. 

Efficiency 

Technology is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that? 

To set-up a free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787. We will come over, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For additional information about if now is the best time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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