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 blowing. You call an A/C system technician to come out to 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 should you give up and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your equipment 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 continue with the statement above, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment.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 advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to run 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 current inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 318-588-8163. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice 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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