When Should You Repair Your Air Conditioner and When Should You Replace It

July 12, 2016

Your AC is working away through another Kansas City summer and then your cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning technician 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 should you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Neal Harris Service Experts at 816-787-0500. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For more information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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