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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Tempe summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system technician to come out to take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Bob Brown Service Experts at 623-243-4517. We will pay you a visit, review your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For further information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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