Repair that old air conditioner, or replace it?

by stevensplumbingac on May 1, 2013

air conditioner replacement in PhoenixThere are a lot of factors that should be considered in making the decision to repair, or replace your air conditioner, and your Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning A/C professional is the best person to help guide you in this important decision.

One thing to take into consideration, however, is the rising cost of R-22 refrigerant.  R-22 refrigerant used in older A/C units is gradually being phased out, in accordance with the EPA regulations, in an effort to reduce the greenhouse gases caused by the use of this older refrigerant.  It’s being replaced by eco-friendly 410A refrigerant, and all air conditioning systems now being sold and installed in the U.S. use this new, more environmentally sound refrigerant.

Production and importation of R-22 refrigerant has been cut significantly already, and will continue to decrease until 2020, when production will cease completely in the U.S. (only recycled/reclaimed R-22 will be available after that date).

In the meantime,  simple economics (supply vs demand) is forcing the price up to truly exhorbitant levels, and air conditioning contractors have no choice but to pass this rising cost on to the homeowner.  Any homeowner who has had air conditioning repair recently which included adding R-22 refrigerant has no doubt noticed the eye-popping price – it’s hard to miss!

The situation – the shrinking supply and rapidly rising cost of R-22 refrigerant – will get worse.  And, the fact is that eventually you will have no choice but to upgrade to an air conditioning unit that is in compliance with the new EPA regulations.  Combine this fact with other considerations, such as the cost of your A/C repair, the inefficiency of your old AC unit and the impact that has on your utility bills, as well as how well the unit is (or is not) cooling your home, and you may well decide air conditioner replacement is the more sensible solution for you.  And, don’t forget the federal tax credit which is still available to help defray the cost of the purchase and installation of a new air conditioner for your home.

So before you spend money on costly repair of that old AC unit, talk to your AC technician about the advantages (the economic advantages as well as the benefits of a more efficient cooling system) of having a new air conditioner installed at your home.

Questions?  Give us a call!  An experienced air conditioning tech is always available during business hours to answer your questions.

Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning
602-273-7473

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