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

Your AC is chugging away through another Birmingham summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC expert to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over 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 upgrade your current A/C equipment? 


Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system. 


To keep on topic with the statement above, at some point 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just purchase a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment. 


Science is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that? 

To set-up your free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For additional information on if now is the best time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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