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 all of sudden the cold air stops coming out. You call an air conditioner technician to come over 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 should you give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?


Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your air conditioner is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going 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, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to keep in mind 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 large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.


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

To set-up your complimentary 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, evaluate your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For additional information about if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation. 

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