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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Columbia summer and suddenly your cold air stops blowing. You call an AC professional to come to your home and inspect your system 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 as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, 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 continue with 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 Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment.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 air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is always advancing 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 a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 803-399-7208. We will visit your home, evaluate your current AC system, and review 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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