Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Buellton, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing issues 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 just 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 uncertain which way 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 gives off. 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 normal 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 well maintained, you might 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 number of things to keep in mind when comparing 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 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 looking 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 choice.

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 choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 805-242-9638 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.