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 Raleigh summer and then your cool air stops blowing. You call an AC professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 13 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 conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 919-578-4329. We will come over, evaluate your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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