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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Albany summer and then the cold air stops blowing. You call an AC technician to come over and evaluate the problem 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 do you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the statement above, eventually it’s going to cost more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts at 518-205-3324. We will visit your home, inspect your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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