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 suddenly the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and take a look 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 call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another issue to remember 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 large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

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

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Stevenson Service Experts 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 choice for your home. For additional information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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