Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in La Puente, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service done?
At Temp Air System Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure 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 air conditioner is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be applying that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent and it has been well maintained, you could 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a few estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.
Air conditioner replacement
- Air conditioner size will be determined by the size of your home.
- Cost will differ 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 calculate 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 small number of the variables, but the team at Temp Air System Inc are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at (800) 630-0082 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.