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Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

With the warm weather just around the corner in the Roanoke area, many homeowners with older AC systems are weighing the benefits of repairing and maintaining their older unit against purchasing a newer, more reliable system. The old saying "if it ain't broken, don't fix it." makes sense for a lot of things around the home, but for systems like air conditioners, putting off a new system could actually be costing you more in the long run. 

The EPA suggested that homeowners replace their air conditioner if it's beyond 10 years old. The reason is new air conditioners are so much more efficient than the system installed a decade ago. How much can you expect to save on your energy bill? With a newer, high-efficiency system you could save over 56% on your home cooling costs. 

Here are some things to consider when deciding to repair or replace your old 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 operate at variable-speeds to cool your home more quietly in most situations.

3. New Features - many new HVAC systems come with additional features that provide greater comfort. Two-speed units can run on low-speed (using about 50 percent of the energy) 80 percent of the time. Consequently, they use fewer on/off cycles and produce fewer drafts and small temperature swings.

Have questions about whether to repair or replace your air conditioner? Give us a call we can help.

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