Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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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 cut and dry if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 Inc, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. 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 lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been properly maintained, you may 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure 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 looking for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out the costs of both options, 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 solution.

Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the team at Breathe Healthier Air Inc are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 772-200-3617 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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