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 coming out. You call an AC expert to come out to 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 air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to put in 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 above theme, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New equipment 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 A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 303-647-5749. We will come over, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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