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 coming out. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current A/C 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 new energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

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 Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment.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

Efficiency

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

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your current 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 review all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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