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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Memphis summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 15 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, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 901-235-1196. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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