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 all of sudden the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC professional to come out to inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when do you surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Naturally 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 more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another factor to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want 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 best decision 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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