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

Your AC is plugging away through another the U.S. summer and suddenly the cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner technician to come out to evaluate the problem and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current A/C equipment?


Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To piggyback on the theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.


Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

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

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