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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Saint Charles summer and suddenly your 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 chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just change out your current AC equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To keep on topic with the theme above, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another issue to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.


Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Golden Seal Service Experts at 630-246-2698. We will visit your home, review your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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