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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Fort Lauderdale summer and suddenly your cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning expert 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 steep price 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 eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on 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 purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued 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

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

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 954-736-4314. We will come over, inspect your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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