When Should You Consider Replacing Your Air Conditioner?

Written on: June 14, 2021

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a/c installation maineWith summer here, the air conditioner in your central Mainehome is going to be very busy keeping your home cool and comfortable.

Are you sure that it can do the job?

If you aren’t sure, now is the time to think about replacing your air conditioning with a new, energy efficient one. AFC provides FREE, honest, and knowledgeable estimates for upgrading. The licensed, experienced AFC service technicians provide expert installation of top-quality air conditioning systems from makers including Honeywell, York, and Mistusbishi.

You can be assured the work is done right because we back up all of our installation and service with the AFC Comfort Guarantee.

Before you contact us, here are some things to think over.

Factors When Deciding On A New A/C System

The Air Conditioning System’s Age

If you keep your air conditioning system well maintained with annual professional tune-ups, it can last around 15 years. But once it reaches 10 years of age, you can expect lower efficiency and more frequent and more expensive repairs. If your home’s air conditioning system is 10 years old or older, now is the time to begin planning your upgrade so you are prepared when it’s time for replacement.


If your air conditioning system breaking down more frequently, and repairs getting more extensive and costly, it’s only going to get worse. If you are facing repair costs that are greater than 50% of what a new air conditioning system would cost, that’s a sign that it’s time to replace rather than keep repairing.

Energy Costs

If you are starting to see your energy costs get higher when you’re using air conditioning, it’s a sign that it is no longer operating efficiently. A new air conditioning system will begin paying for itself from the moment you turn it on with better efficiency and lower energy costs.

The Refrigerant

If your home’s air conditioning uses R22 (also known as Freon) for a refrigerant, replacement is something you really need to consider. R22 is no longer used in air conditioning. In fact, on Jan. 1, 2020, the manufacture and importing of R22 became illegal in the United States. With no more R22 becoming available, you are at the mercy of the laws of supply and demand. It will be more difficult to get R22, and that will be reflected with higher prices. Factor that ever-increasing cost into your considerations of upgrading your home’s air conditioning.

Contact AFC for a FREE estimate on replacing your air conditioning system.