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 La Porte summer and all of sudden your cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system expert to come out to take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating at 281-407-9478. We will visit your home, evaluate your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For additional information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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