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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Tempe summer and all of sudden the cool air stops blasting. You call an air conditioner technician to come to your home and take a look and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just change out your current A/C equipment?


Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over nine years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient models available today. Additionally, if your system 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 invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.


To piggyback on the above theme, ultimately it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another thing to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being phased out for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a spike in the price of your refrigerant until you replace your system.


Science is continuously developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Equipment now tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up a free in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Orangutan Home Services at 602-906-0111. We will visit your home, inspect your current air conditioning system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal decision for your home. For more information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation. 

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