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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Belleville summer and then the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC expert to come out to take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just replace your current A/C equipment?

Age

Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your equipment is more than 14 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioner, call D&K Home Services by Enercare at 613-707-2421. We will visit your home, review your current AC system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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