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

July 12, 2016

Your A/C system is working away through another Columbus summer and suddenly your cold air stops blasting. You call an A/C system expert to come to your home and take a look and the next thing you know you’re going to have to pay an arm and a leg for the repair. So when do you call it a day and just change out your current air conditioning equipment?

Age

Naturally the older your system gets, the more it’s likely to malfunction and lose efficiency. A/C systems over eight years old are actually much less efficient than the current energy-efficient equipment available today. Additionally, if your air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you are likely to put in more money over time to keep it running than if you just purchased a new, energy-efficient air conditioner.

Money

To keep on topic with the statement above, ultimately it’s going to start costing more to invest in new parts and repair issues than it would to just purchase a new air conditioner. Another factor to remember is R-22, the usual refrigerant for old cooling equipment, is being discontinued for the protection of the environment. If your AC was produced before 2010, you will probably see a spike in the cost of your refrigerant until you upgrade your equipment.

Efficiency

Science is constantly advancing and with that comes more energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. New systems tend to cost less to use because they are capable of cooling the home more efficiently, decreasing your cooling bills – and who doesn’t like that?

To set-up your complimentary in-home estimate to replace your old inefficient A/C equipment, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 614-334-3192. We will visit your home, review your current cooling system, and go over all of your options with you so you can make the best selection for your home. For more information regarding if now is the right time to upgrade, download our free Home Heating and Cooling for Dummies eBook.

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