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

July 12, 2016

Your AC is plugging away through another Wheeling summer and suddenly the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner technician to come to your home and inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So when should you give up and just replace your current AC equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient A/C system.


To piggyback on the theme above, eventually it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the typical refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Engineering is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t want that?

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Comfort Masters Service Experts at 847-250-6729. 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 best decision for your home. For additional information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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