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 Shreveport summer and all of sudden the cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system technician to come over and inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. But if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to lose 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 statement above, eventually it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment.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 produced before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 318-588-8163. We will pay you a visit, review your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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