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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Buellton, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 get that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service done?

At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path 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 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 lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly 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 few 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 runs out 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 searching for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calaculate 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 805-688-4018 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.