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 air conditioner professional to come out to take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when do you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems 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 functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the above theme, at some point 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 Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced 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 conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to run because they are able to 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 air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 440-252-1375. We will visit your home, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For further information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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