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 air conditioner professional to come over and 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 conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC 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 conditioning system.

Money

To keep on topic with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another thing 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 jump in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

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

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioner, call D & K Heating Service Experts at 613-707-2421. We will come over, review your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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