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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another the Wasatch Front region summer and then the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner technician to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. 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 your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Barlow Service Experts at 801-436-8985. We will come over, review your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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