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 expert 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

Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 13 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the above theme, 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 Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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 jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

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

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call San Antonio Air Service Experts at 210-570-9705. We will come over, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over 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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