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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Los Angeles, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that cut and dry if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing problems 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 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 consistent and it has been well maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unique circumstances 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 comparing 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 covers 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 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 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 couple of the variables, but the experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 800-296-5088 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.