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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Pinellas County, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service done?

At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is probably 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 puts out. If your air conditioner 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 lifetime of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent and it has been well maintained, you may 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 number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a couple estimates to make certain 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 calculated by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary 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 option.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the pros at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 727-398-5515 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.