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

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Clearwater summer and suddenly the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come out to take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just replace your current air conditioning equipment? 


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system. 


To piggyback on the above statement, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system. 


Science is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that? 

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Midway Services at 727-219-2471. We will come over, review your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For further information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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