Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Phoenix, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward 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 nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service completed?
At Integrity AC & Heating LLC, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route to choose.
1. Air Conditioner Age
This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your system is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always variables when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers 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 differ depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- 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 choice.
Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the pros at Integrity AC & Heating LLC are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 602-971-0567 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.