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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Louisville summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an AC expert to come out to inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should 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. A/C systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 14 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 air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the above theme, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Becht/Givens Service Experts at 502-785-8230. We will come over, evaluate your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For further information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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