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 all of sudden the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC 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 do you call it a day and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 14 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

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a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a jump 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. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule your 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, review your current cooling 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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