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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Livermore summer and suddenly your cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you call it a day and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. But if your equipment is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the statement above, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 925-364-5427. We will come over, inspect your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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