Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Cottonwood , which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that clear cut 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service done?

At Connolly Electric & Mechanical, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which path 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 putting that money towards a new system.

However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it covers 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 searching for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calaculate the costs of both options, 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 pros at Connolly Electric & Mechanical are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 928-244-8840 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.