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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is working away through another Albany summer and suddenly the cold air stops blasting. You call an AC expert to come over and inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?


Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems 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 A/C system.


To piggyback on the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioner. Another factor 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 produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.


Technology is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Roland J. Down Service Experts at 518-417-2938. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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