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 suddenly 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 steep price for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 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.

Money

To keep on topic with the above statement, eventually it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued 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 system.

Efficiency

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

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