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 chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. But 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, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-414-4006. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For additional information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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