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 your cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system professional to come out to inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just change out your current AC equipment?

Age

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

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and repair 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 Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is constantly 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, saving you money on your energy 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 come over, 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 on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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