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 your cool air stops coming out. You call an AC professional to come over and evaluate the problem and before it’s over you’re going to have to pay a steep price for the repair. So at what point do you give up and just change out your current air conditioning equipment? 


Obviously the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to breakdown and lose efficiency. Air conditioners over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the more recent energy-efficient systems available today. But if your system is more than 14 years old, you are likely to lose more money over time to keep it functioning than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner. 


To keep on topic with the above theme, at some point it’s going to begin costing more to replace parts and mend issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioning system. Another factor to note is R-22, the common refrigerant for old air conditioning equipment, is being withdrawn from the market for the protection of the environment. If your AC was manufactured before 2010, you will probably see a large increase in the charge for your refrigerant until you replace your equipment. 


Engineering is constantly developing and with that comes more energy-efficient AC equipment. Systems now tend to cost less to use because they can cool the home more efficiently, decreasing your utility bills – and who doesn’t want that? 

To schedule your no-charge in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient air conditioner, call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192. We will come over, review your current cooling system, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make the ideal choice for your home. For additional information on if now is the right time to upgrade, call today for a free in-home consultation.  

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