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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Richmond summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come to your home and take a look 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 do you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the above statement, eventually it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Eveready Service Experts at 804-548-4480. We will come over, review your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For additional information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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