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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging away through another Charleston summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an AC professional to come out to evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. But 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 purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

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

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