Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Naples, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry 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 many 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 Speedy Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain 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 gives off. 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 applying that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan 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 correctly 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 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 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 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 determine 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 experts at Speedy Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 239-244-3439 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.