Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Anaheim, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that cut and dry 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 most 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 done?

At Eco Fresh HVAC Inc., we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. If your equipment 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 typical 12-15 year lifetime 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 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 considering the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it includes 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 wanting.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out 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 few of the variables, but the experts at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 714-855-1717 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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