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

Your AC is chugging away through another the U.S. summer and suddenly the cool air stops coming out. 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 at what point do you surrender and just replace your current A/C equipment?


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 13 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 A/C system.


To continue with the theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.


Science is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.

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