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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is chugging away through another Edmonton summer and all of sudden the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning technician to come to your home and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?


Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. But if your equipment is more than 13 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.


To keep on topic with the above statement, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts at 780-800-9047. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current cooling system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the best selection 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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