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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Pierre summer and suddenly the cold air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when should you surrender and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your equipment is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To continue with the above statement, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 605-223-0307. We will visit your home, inspect your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For further information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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