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 coming out. You call an A/C system professional to come over and 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 do 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 conditioning systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 13 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 start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another factor to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call A1 Chesney Service Experts at 587-315-5271. We will visit your home, review 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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