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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Waldorf summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and inspect your system 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 when should you give up and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call A-PLUS Service Experts at 301-747-3140. We will pay you a visit, review your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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