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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another Fort Myers summer and then your cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, 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 purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the above theme, at some point it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your AC was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991. We will come over, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For further information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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