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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Hillsborough summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner expert to come over and take a look 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 replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

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

Efficiency

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

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 908-448-2154. We will come over, review your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For further information about if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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