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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Clearwater summer and then the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioner professional to come out to inspect your system 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 surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the above theme, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Midway Services at 727-219-2471. We will visit your home, review your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal 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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