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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is working away through another Charlotte summer and then your cold air stops blasting. You call an AC expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 704-464-4307. We will come over, review your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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