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 Cleveland summer and then your cold air stops coming out. You call an AC professional to come over and inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?


Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 14 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the theme above, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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.


Technology is constantly developing 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 set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 440-252-1375. We will visit your home, inspect your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For further information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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