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The middle of summer is a bad time for an air conditioner to break down. Because Jupiter, Florida, temperatures are at their hottest, many AC systems are protesting the heavy cooling load by refusing to work. It can be a difficult to tell whether you need air conditioner repair or replacement. Here are some tips to help you make the most cost-effective decision:

How Old Is Your Air Conditioner?

The average lifespan of a central air conditioner is about 15 years. The older the system, the more prone it will be to break down. If your air conditioner is 15 years or more and the repair is major, air conditioning replacement may be your best bet.

Has the Unit Been Properly Maintained?

Proper AC maintenance means that the unit has been faithfully serviced every spring since birth. Air conditioners that receive regular tune-ups perform better and last longer than systems receiving spotty or poor maintenance. If your unit is under 15 years and has received regular annual care, air conditioning repair might be the most cost-effective option unless the repair cost is prohibitive.

Has Your System Needed Previous Air Conditioning Repair?

If you’ve already invested in AC repair and the system has broken down again, it’s probably time for air conditioning replacement. The only exception would be if the repairs so far have been minor and the unit is not nearing its use-by date.

Are Your Electric Bills Increasing?

Air conditioners lose efficiency as they age. However, if your electric bills are increasing by the month, you might save a significant amount of money on energy costs by upgrading your system.

At Stephen K Denny, Inc., we offer air conditioner installation consultations free of charge. Visit us online or call us at (561) 299-3385 to schedule a free cooling system installation assessment.