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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Longmont summer and then your cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just change out your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 303-647-5749. We will come over, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For additional information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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