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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is working away through another Gaithersburg summer and all of sudden your cold air stops coming out. You call an A/C system professional 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 chuck of change for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another factor to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use 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 a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Parker Pearce Service Experts at 301-476-4577. We will come over, inspect your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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