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 all of sudden your cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert 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 chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just upgrade 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 now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 15 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 continue with the above statement, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and fix 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 discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

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

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 308-210-4398. We will come over, evaluate your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right 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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