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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is chugging away through another Albany summer and all of sudden your cold air stops blasting. You call an AC expert 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 chuck of change for the repair. So when should you call it a day and just change out your current AC equipment?


Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. Furthermore, if your equipment is more than 13 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 continue with the statement above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out 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 always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they can 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 air conditioner, call Roland J. Down Service Experts at 518-417-2938. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current air conditioning system, and go over 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, call today for a free in-home consultation. 

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