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Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Home Air Conditioning?

With the hot summer months just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your home’s air conditioning system is working properly and efficiently. Any issues detected by a certified technician should be fixed as soon as possible, but when is it better to have your system completely replaced instead of repaired? Here are some important factors you should consider before paying to fix your current home air conditioning system.

Age of the Current System

Even if your home’s air conditioning seems to be running perfectly, most systems have a somewhat limited lifespan. Manufacturers recommend you replace your AC system every 10 to 12 years. Once it starts to hit that age, you can expect more frequent and costly repairs in your future. Investing in a newer air conditioning unit may allow you to save time and money by eliminating the need for future repairs. Modern systems are designed to last longer but also contain newer, better cooling technology. By replacing old cooling equipment you’ll be able to take advantage of new features and energy savings.

Frequency of Repairs

New air conditioning systems might be better designed and constructed, but systems of all ages run the risk of breaking down. While repairing your AC unit can increase its longevity, at some point it, might be a smarter and more financially-conscious decision to cut your losses. Consumer Reports recommends, as a general rule of thumb, that you should completely replace any product when repairing it would cost more than half the price of a brand new version.

Overall Efficiency

Old air conditioning systems can be kept in perfect working order right up until they’ve served their 10 to 12 years. Constant maintenance and repairs could keep a unit running at full-strength for its entire lifespan or longer. However, newer replacement systems are inherently more efficient. Increases in efficiency mean your air conditioning uses less energy to cool the same amount of space, saving you money on utility bills for the entire life of the system. Some states even offer federal tax credits to homeowners who invest in high-efficiency systems, making them even more cost-effective.

Environmental Impact

If you’re concerned about your home’s energy expenditure and carbon footprint, a complete system replacement is likely the best option. The average heating and cooling systems uses up to 50 percent of your home’s total energy costs. Replacing your current model with an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit could help increase your energy efficiency and drastically decrease your monthly utility bills. A simple repair of an older system wouldn’t be able to provide the same return.

AC Repair and Replacement in Texas

Don’t wait until the summer heat arrives to repair or replace your home air conditioning system. AirCon Service Company is proud to provide prompt and professional air conditioning services to residents in the Houston area. Contact us today for repairs, maintenance, replacement and even 24/7 emergency service!