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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Knoxville summer and suddenly the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner technician to come out to inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your system is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To keep on topic with the statement above, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts at 865-229-6176. We will visit your home, evaluate your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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