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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Naples summer and suddenly the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning technician to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another factor to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will soon see a jump in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991. We will pay you a visit, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For further information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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