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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Calgary summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert to come out to take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when should you call it a day and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

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

Money

To piggyback on the above statement, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another factor to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New equipment 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 want that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call A1 Chesney Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 587-315-5271. We will visit your home, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For additional information on if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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