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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Cocoa summer and suddenly the cool air stops coming out. 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 pretty penny for the repair. So when do you surrender and just change out your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 321-428-7635. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For additional information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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