HVAC Service Replacement

Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Irvine, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At True Home Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is most 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 produces. 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 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 routine and it has been correctly 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 multiple 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 vary 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 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 small number of the variables, but the experts at True Home Heating and Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 949-258-7259 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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