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 Houston summer and suddenly your cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert to come out to take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the above statement, eventually it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Church Services at 713-396-3760. 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 decision for your home. For more information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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