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

Your A/C system is chugging away through another Columbus summer and suddenly your cool air stops coming out. You call an air conditioner expert to come over and evaluate the problem 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 breakdown and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the new energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 13 years old, odds are you are going to invest more money over time to keep it operating than if you just invested in a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. 

Money 

To piggyback on the above statement, at some point it’s going to cost more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just buy a new A/C. Another factor to remember is R-22, the common refrigerant for old A/C equipment, is being discontinued for the well-being of the environment. If your air conditioning system was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a jump in the charge for your refrigerant until you upgrade your system. 

Efficiency 

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

To set-up a no-charge in-home estimate to upgrade your old inefficient air conditioner, call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192. We will come over, review your current AC 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 best time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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