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 Hilton Head Island summer and all of sudden the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning expert to come over and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the welfare of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 843-619-3781. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For additional information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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