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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Louisville summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner expert to come out to take a look 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 upgrade your current AC 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 more recent energy-efficient models 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 conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

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

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