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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Birmingham summer and all of sudden your cool air stops coming out. 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 should you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

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

Money

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

Efficiency

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

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

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