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

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Columbus summer and then the cool air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning professional to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you give up and just upgrade your current air conditioning equipment? 

Age 

Obviously as your system ages it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over ten years old are already much less efficient than the current energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your equipment is more than 14 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. 

Money 

To continue with the theme above, eventually it’s going to cost more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just buy a new air conditioner. Another issue to note is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being phased out for the protection of the environment. If your AC was assembled before 2010, you will soon see a large increase in the cost of your refrigerant until you replace your system. 

Efficiency 

Science is continuously advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient A/C systems. Systems now tend to cost less to operate because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your energy bills – and who doesn’t like that? 

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your current inefficient A/C equipment, call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192. We will come over, evaluate your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal selection for your home. For more information regarding if now is the ideal time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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