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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is plugging away through another Niagara Falls summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an AC professional to come out to take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current AC equipment?


Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over nine years old are already 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 invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system.


To keep on topic with the theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment.


Science is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. New equipment tends to cost less to run because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Niagara Home Services by Enercare at 289-273-2229. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right choice for your home. For further information on if now is the best time to upgrade, contact us today.