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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Mobile summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning expert to come out to take a look and before it’s over 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 as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Climate Control Service Experts at 251-202-7503. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For more information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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