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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another Austin summer and all of sudden your cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner professional to come over and 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 when do you call it a day and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the above statement, eventually it’s going to cost more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the typical 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 soon see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-596-1257. We will visit your home, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For additional information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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