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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is working away through another Kingston summer and then the cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system technician to come to your home and inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Science is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 613-817-1591. We will visit your home, review your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For more information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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