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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in San Dimas, which means one thing: it’s time to set up 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 difficulties over the last few years.

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

At Energy Upgrades, 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 route to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is probably 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 operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been correctly maintained, you could 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 couple things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 differ 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 determine 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 solution.

Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Energy Upgrades, Inc. are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 626-478-2922 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.