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 inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

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

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, eventually it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is always advancing 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, lowering your cooling 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, review your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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