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 suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an A/C system professional to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new 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.

Money

To keep on topic with the statement above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment.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 probably see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

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

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