Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Crestview, 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 most 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 Gordon Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 number of 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and it has been properly 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple 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 is up 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 vary 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Gordon Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 850-250-0335 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.