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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Canada summer and suddenly your cold air stops coming out. You call an AC expert to come over and take a look and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the above theme, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Science is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 866-397-3787. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For further information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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