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Should You Repair or Replace Your Old Air Conditioner?

Many Houston homeowners with older AC systems are hoping their old system can survive another year of tough weather, and they’re weighing the cost of continued repairs and maintenance of an older AC unit versus purchasing a new, more reliable cooling system.

The old saying “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” makes sense for many appliances around the home, but for energy intensive and critical systems like air conditioners, putting off a new system can end up costing you more in the long run.

The EPA suggests that homeowners replace their air conditioner if it’s older than 10 years old. The reason is that new air conditioners are going to be much more efficient that systems installed a decade ago. How much can you expect to save on your energy bill with a new energy efficient system? With a newer, high efficiency air conditioner you could save up to 56% on your cooling costs.

Here are a couple of other reasons to consider replacing your old, inefficient air conditioner.

  1. Your air conditioner is in need of regular repairs and your energy costs are rising as it has become worn out and less efficient.
  2. It’s LOUD! Newer air conditioners will operate at variable-speeds to cool your home more quietly in most situations.
  3. It’s Leaking Coolant – an air conditioner that’s leaking coolant is not only bad for your budget, it’s also bad for the environment.

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