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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another Nashville summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blasting. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?


Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To keep on topic with the statement above, eventually it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another thing to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.


Engineering is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Donelson Air Service Experts at 615-953-9885. We will come over, inspect your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For further information about if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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