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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Grand Island summer and suddenly the cold air stops coming out. You call an A/C system 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 the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call McElroy Service Experts at 308-210-4398. We will come over, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For more information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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