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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Gainesville summer and then your cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system 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 steep price for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another factor to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-374-6602. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For additional information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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