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 your cold air stops coming out. You call an AC 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 upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally 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 systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 13 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 repair 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 discontinued 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 equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is always developing 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, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Barlow Service Experts at 801-436-8985. We will come over, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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