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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is working away through another Tempe summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system technician to come out to inspect your system and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So at what point do you call it a day and just change out your current AC equipment?


Clearly the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are now much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. Furthermore, if your AC is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To continue with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to cost more to replace parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new AC system. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Equipment now tends to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioning system, call Bob Brown Service Experts at 623-243-4517. We will pay you a visit, evaluate your current air conditioning system, and review all of your options with you so you can make the right selection for your home. For further information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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