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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Rochester summer and then the cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system technician to come over and inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To keep on topic with the statement above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 603-923-4570. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For more information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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