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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is working away through another Salt Lake City summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning technician 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 a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your system is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Mountainwest Service Experts at 385-399-0280. We will visit your home, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For additional information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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