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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Columbia summer and suddenly the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Midland Air Service Experts at 803-399-7208. We will come over, review your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For further information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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