Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Anaheim, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it 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 nearly all 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 handled?

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 not sure which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. 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 properly maintained, you may 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 assessing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to make certain 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 figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you determine the costs of both choices, 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 Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 714-855-1717 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.