When Should You Repair Your Air Conditioner and When Should You Replace It Published on July 12, 2016 Your air conditioner is working away through another Kitchener summer and suddenly the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioner expert to come over and 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 should you call it a day and just upgrade your current A/C equipment? Age Naturally the older the system the more it’s likely to fail and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over eight years old are now much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 13 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it operating than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient A/C system. Money To continue with the theme above, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and mend issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioning system. Another thing to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was produced before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your equipment. Efficiency Science 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, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that? To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating at 226-240-1120. We will come over, inspect your current AC system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the best choice for your home. For more information regarding if now is the best time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.