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 Champaign summer and suddenly the 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 conditioners over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the above theme, at some point it’s going to cost more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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 equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

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

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