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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Roanoke summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system technician to come over and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when do you give up and just change out your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 14 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the above statement, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645. We will come over, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For further information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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