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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Windsor summer and then the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner professional to come over and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just upgrade your current A/C equipment?


Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the statement above, eventually it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioner was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the fee for your refrigerant until you replace your system.


Engineering is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, lowering your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts at 226-773-3357. We will come over, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For additional information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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