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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Charleston summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner professional to come out to evaluate the problem 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 call it a day and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in 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 theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Pardee Service Experts at 843-410-6103. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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