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 Champaign summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning professional to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you surrender and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Furthermore, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 217-689-2469. We will visit your home, inspect your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For more information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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