Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Saint Petersburg, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 just get your annual air conditioner service done?
At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, 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 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 produces. If your system 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 normal 12-15 year lifespan 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 unknowns when it comes to figuring out 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 sure 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 calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will differ 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 option.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 727-369-6195 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.