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 suddenly the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning expert to come to your home and evaluate the problem and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?


Obviously as your system ages 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 systems available today. Furthermore, 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 purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To continue with the theme above, at some point 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to just buy a new A/C. Another issue to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment.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 manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


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

To schedule your 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, review your current air conditioning system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the right decision 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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