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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Houston summer and suddenly your cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when do you surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 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 above theme, eventually it’s going to cost more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. 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 upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at (713) 352-7887. We will pay you a visit, review your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right selection 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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