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 coming out. You call an air conditioner 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 replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 15 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 continue with the above statement, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend 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 enjoy that?

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 919-578-4329. We will come over, evaluate your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision 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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