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 Miami summer and suddenly the cold air stops coming out. You call an A/C system expert to come over and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just change out your current AC equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To continue with the above statement, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Science is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 305-440-1505. We will visit your home, inspect your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For further information about if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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