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 all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system technician to come over and take a look 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 air conditioning equipment?


Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are already much less efficient than the new 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 functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To continue with the above statement, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your AC was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.


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

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 540-302-8645. We will come over, review your current air conditioning system, and go over 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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