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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Girard summer and then your cool 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 pretty penny for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the statement above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 330-269-7235. We will visit your home, inspect your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For further information about if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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