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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Buffalo summer and then the cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New systems tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Sunbeam Service Experts at 716-427-6807. We will visit your home, inspect your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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