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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Dayton summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over 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 fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it operating 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 mend issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a jump in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 937-503-7896. 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 decision 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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