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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Ocala summer and suddenly the cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-414-4006. We will visit your home, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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