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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another La Porte summer and suddenly your cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system expert to come out to inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just replace your current AC equipment?


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 models available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 13 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


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would to just invest in a new A/C. Another issue to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the safety of the environment.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


Science is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

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

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