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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging away through another Voorhees summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system technician to come out to inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done 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 upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system 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 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 invest in a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is always advancing 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, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Atmostemp Service Experts at 856-310-4824. We will pay you a visit, review your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For more information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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