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

Your AC is plugging away through another Philadelphia summer and suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning technician to come over and inspect your system 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 surrender and just change out your current AC equipment? 

Age 

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 15 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. 

Money 

To piggyback on the above theme, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another issue to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment. 

Efficiency 

Engineering is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. New systems tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that? 

To set-up your free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning at 215-259-5850. We will pay you a visit, review your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For further information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.