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

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Philadelphia summer and then your cool air stops coming out. You call an A/C system technician to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment? 

Age 

Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system. 

Money 

To keep on topic with the statement above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another factor to keep in mind is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment. 

Efficiency 

Technology is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment 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 like that? 

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

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