Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Long Beach, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At YES R&M Inc., we know that it can be a hard 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 probably 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 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 applying 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 properly maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always variables when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure 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 determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will differ 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 calaculate 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 YES R&M Inc. are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 562-286-6624 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.