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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another East Syracuse summer and then your cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioner technician to come out to evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are likely to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system.

Money

To continue with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another factor to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your system.

Efficiency

Technology is always improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Falso Service Experts at 315-313-6531. We will visit your home, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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