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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Fort Wayne summer and suddenly your cold air stops coming out. You call an air conditioner expert 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 when should you call it a day and just replace your current A/C equipment?


Clearly as your system ages it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over nine years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. But if your AC is more than 14 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.


To piggyback on the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to buy parts and repair issues than it would to just invest in a new A/C. Another thing to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.


Technology is always advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to use because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, lowering your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To schedule a free in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient air conditioning system, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 260-557-1275. We will visit your home, review your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the right decision for your home. For additional information on if now is the ideal time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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