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 San Antonio summer and then the cold air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning expert to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 14 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the above statement, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is constantly 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, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company at 210-404-4233. We will come over, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For further information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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