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

Your air conditioner is plugging away through another Columbus summer and all of sudden the cold air stops blowing. You call an air conditioning technician to come out to inspect your system and by the time it’s all said and done you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point do you surrender and just replace your current A/C equipment? 

Age 

Obviously the older the system the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. Air conditioning systems over ten years old are now much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. Additionally, if your AC is more than 15 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just bought a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system. 

Money 

To continue with the statement above, at some point it’s going to start costing more to buy parts and fix issues than it would to just invest in a new AC system. Another thing to keep in mind is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the safety of the environment. If your air conditioning system was assembled before 2010, you will most likely see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment. 

Efficiency 

Technology is always developing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New equipment tends to cost less to operate because they are able to cool the home more efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills – and who doesn’t enjoy that? 

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to replace your current inefficient air conditioning system, 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 choice for your home. For more information about if now is the best time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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