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 the cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert to come over and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current AC equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. But if your equipment is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.


To piggyback on the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C 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 fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Engineering 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 air conditioner, call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 301-476-4577. We will visit your home, 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 additional information about if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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