Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

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’s possible may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing 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 get that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is more than likely 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 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 normal 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 might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unique circumstances 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 runs out and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Air conditioner replacement

  • Air conditioner size will be figured out 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 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 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 team at Paso Robles Heating and Air are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 805-203-8667 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.