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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Salt Lake City summer and all of sudden 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 steep price for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just replace your current air conditioning equipment?


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your system 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 purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the above theme, eventually it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.


Science 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, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-871-8425. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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