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

Your air conditioning system is chugging away through another Philadelphia summer and all of sudden your cool 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 an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point should you call it a day and just replace your current AC equipment? 

Age 

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 15 years old, you are probably going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system. 

Money 

To continue with the statement above, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new A/C. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was assembled before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment. 

Efficiency 

Engineering is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to run because they can cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t like that? 

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

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