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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Fort Worth summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning expert to come out to evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment.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 jump in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Calverley Service Experts at 817-380-5647. We will pay you a visit, review your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For further information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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