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

Your AC is working away through another Columbus summer and suddenly your cool air stops blowing. You call an A/C system expert to come out to inspect your system and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a chuck of change for the repair. So when should you surrender and just change out your current A/C equipment? 

Age 

Naturally as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient models available today. But if your system is more than 14 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it operating than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system. 

Money 

To continue with the above theme, eventually it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new air conditioning system. Another thing to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will most likely see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system. 

Efficiency 

Science is continuously improving and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioners. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that? 

To schedule a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192. We will pay you a visit, inspect your current AC system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For more information about if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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