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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging 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 by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

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

Money

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

Efficiency

Engineering is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. 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 like that?

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 816-787-0500. We will come over, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best choice 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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