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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is working away through another Austin summer and all of sudden your cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner expert 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 should you give up and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in 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, at some point it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will soon see a jump 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 want that?

To set-up your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current 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 best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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