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 the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC professional 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 as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your AC was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991. We will visit your home, review 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 on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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