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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Hurricane summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and inspect your system 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 call it a day 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 already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 13 years old, you are likely to invest 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, eventually it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase 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 Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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 large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on 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 Heating & Air Conditioning at 304-760-5088. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision 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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