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

Your A/C system is chugging away through another the U.S. summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system professional to come over and take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when do you give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your system is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the above theme, at some point it’s going to cost more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787. We will come over, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For additional information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.

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