Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Stuart, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing problems over the last few years.

Air conditioner replacement is an investment in your home, like most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Breathe Healthier Air, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your equipment is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be putting that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been properly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unknowns when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Air conditioner replacement

  • Air conditioner size will be calculated by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out the costs of both routes, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your air conditioner service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new air conditioner and your system is between 12-15 years old, air conditioner replacement may be the better long-term option.

Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the team at Breathe Healthier Air are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 772-600-7151 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.