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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Austin summer and suddenly your cold air stops blowing. You call an AC expert to come out to inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when do you surrender and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To piggyback on the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-592-3072 . We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For further information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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