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 your cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

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

Money

To keep on topic with the above theme, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued 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 system.

Efficiency

Science is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 716-427-6807. We will come over, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For more information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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