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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Elkhart summer and suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an AC technician to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call BW/Cook Service Experts at 574-218-6404. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice 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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