Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Payson, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service done?
At North Mechanical Heating and Cooling, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which path to choose.
1. Air Conditioner Age
This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a lot of 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine 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 multiple estimates to make sure 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 calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate 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 determine 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 choice.
Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the pros at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.