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 your cold air stops coming out. 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

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the statement above, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another issue to remember 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 fee for 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 run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on 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 Heating & Air Conditioning at 518-205-3324. We will visit your home, inspect your current air conditioning system, and go over 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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