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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is working away through another Birmingham summer and suddenly your cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system technician to come to your home and take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just replace your current A/C equipment?


Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To continue with the above theme, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another issue to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioner, call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023. We will come over, inspect your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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