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Repair vs. Replace

In Pennsylvania, perhaps the biggest consideration you need to take into account is when it is cost effective to replace an older unit. The average life span of an air conditioning unit in Pennsylvania is 10-15 years. If an 11 year system fails and the cause is the compressor or another high price item you may want to consider replacement.

You also need to be aware, however, that a phase out of R-22 (the refrigerant used in most air conditioning systems) refrigerants has begun and getting a replacement R-22 condenser is quite difficult now. Some manufacturers, like Trane, still make R-22 condensers, but they are largely disappearing. What this means to you is that any system you are likely to get will have to be the new R410 refrigerant. Unfortunately, R-22 and R-410 are not compatible and you the entire system will need to be replaced for an R-410 condenser to work properly with the air handler.

When to Repair your air conditioner:

  • Old air conditioning equipment becomes expensive to repair and offers no guarantee that additional problems are not close behind.
  • If you plan on moving soon, you may not get your investment price from a replacement air conditioning unit when you sell.
  • A replacement that involves other trades may be cost prohibitive. In rare situations, a new air conditioning system can require significant remodeling.
  • The system has been trouble free thus far and looks to be mechanically sound still.

When to Replace your air conditioner:

  • If the equipment has reached 6 years old be careful not to throw good money after bad with repairs. The average life span of an air conditioning unit is 6 to 12 years.
  • If the system is older than 12 years, major improvements in efficiency could be saving you BIG money. Super effiecient, modern equipment can save $1,000 or more per year.
  • If you are not comfortable. Todays modern air conditionong comfort systems can virtually eliminate hot and cold areas, high and low humidity, bad air quality, high utility bills, noisy indoor and outdoor equipment, and much more.
  • If your system does not have variable air flow. Variable air flow is the key to comfort. New systems keep the air moving, adding to comfort and helping save money.
  • If you are concerned about break downs. When an old system fails under the intense summer heat, areplacement air conditioner can easily be a week to 10 days away
  • Replace before the summer crunch hits. Do not pay higher summer prices. Many small air conditioning contractors prey on homeowners who must replace in summer when reputable companies get busy.
  • If family members have allergies, asthma or other air quality health concerns. Indoor air quality can be improved throughout the whole house by 100 times with todays high tech IAQ technology and air conditioning products.
  • Replace before manufactures and utility companies rebates run out. Equipment manufacturers rebates are usually available through May. APS and SRP rebates can be discontinued at any time.

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