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AC Repair or Air Conditioner Replacement? What to Consider

AC Repair or Air Conditioner Replacement? What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Paso Robles, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up in age and has been causing issues over the last few years. Air conditioner replacement is an investment in your home, like most other home improvement projects.

So, how do you know if you should get that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service completed? At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we know it can be a tough decision, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is likely the most significant factor in your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your air conditioner is over 12 years old, putting a lot of money into repairs may not make sense when you could put that money towards a new system. However, an air conditioner’s expected 12-15-year lifespan doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and correctly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15-year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unique circumstances when identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done. Still, there are several things to remember when comparing the two. Air conditioner service

  • Get a couple of estimates to ensure you get 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

  • The size of your home will determine the air conditioner’s size.
  • The cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you want.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out the costs of both choices, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your air conditioner service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the price 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 few variables, but the team at Paso Robles Heating and Air are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary.

Call us at 805-465-9562 to find out what makes sense for you and your budget.

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