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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Hillsborough summer and suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner expert to come out to inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts at 908-448-2154. We will visit your home, review your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For further information about if now is the best time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation. 

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