Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Boynton Beach, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing problems 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 buy that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service done?
At A2Z Air Inc, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure 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 number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. If your equipment 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 normal 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and it has been properly maintained, you could 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 few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it includes 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 searching for.
- The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine 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 choice.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the team at A2Z Air Inc are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 561-270-6228 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.