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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging away through another Fort Wayne summer and suddenly the cold air stops coming out. You call an AC expert to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when should you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another factor to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts at 260-557-1275. We will come over, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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