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 Hilton Head Island summer and suddenly the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning expert to come out to 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 call it a day and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your system is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it functioning 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 factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being 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

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

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Epperson Service Experts 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 on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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