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

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another the U.S. summer and suddenly the cold air stops blasting. You call an AC technician to come to your home and evaluate the problem and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just upgrade your current AC equipment?


Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To continue with the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.


Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.

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