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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Hurricane summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just change out your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your AC is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the above theme, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Teays Valley Service Experts at 304-760-5088. We will come over, review your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For further information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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