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 take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when do 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 nine years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the statement above, eventually it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your AC 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 constantly 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 energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

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

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