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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another San Antonio summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call San Antonio Air Service Experts at 210-570-9705. We will come over, evaluate 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 on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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