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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioning system is plugging away through another West Chester summer and suddenly your cool air stops blowing. You call an AC professional to come to your home and inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So at what point should you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?

Age

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to lose more money over time to keep it running than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To piggyback on the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to run because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Wesley Wood Service Experts at 484-401-7577. 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 best choice for your home. For additional information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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