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

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another San Antonio summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come out to take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just upgrade your current AC equipment? 


Obviously the older your system gets, the more 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 models available today. But if your system is more than 13 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 conditioning system. 


To keep on topic with the above statement, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system. 


Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that? 

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air at 210-404-4233. We will come over, evaluate your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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