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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Fort Lauderdale summer and suddenly your cold air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just change out your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 954-736-4314. We will come over, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice 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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