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

July 12, 2016

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Elkhart summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blasting. You call an AC technician to come out to evaluate the problem 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 give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?


Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. But if your equipment is more than 15 years old, odds are you are going to put in more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.


To continue with the theme above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the welfare of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Technology is constantly improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a complimentary in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call BW/Cook Service Experts at 574-218-6404. We will pay you a visit, review your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For additional information about if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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