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

Your air conditioning system is working away through another Philadelphia summer and suddenly the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioning technician to come out to take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point should you surrender and just replace your current AC equipment?


Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.


To continue with the above theme, ultimately it’s going to begin costing more to invest in new parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another factor to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.


Science is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t want that?

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

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