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 Ravenna summer and then the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it running 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 cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will soon see a jump in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 330-236-4793. We will visit your home, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For further information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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