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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Calgary summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come over and take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current AC equipment?

Age

Clearly the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.

Money

To keep on topic with the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system.

Efficiency

Engineering is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 403-279-5760. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best decision for your home. For additional information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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