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 Edmonton summer and all of sudden the cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioning expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when should you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 14 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 A/C system.

Money

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just buy a new A/C. Another issue to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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

Efficiency

Engineering is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call McKinley Heating Service Experts at 780-800-7092. 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 best decision for your home. For additional information on if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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