Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Fort Lauderdale, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service handled?
At Solar Air Inc. , 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 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 applying that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent 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 variables when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a few estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it includes 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 differ 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 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 few of the variables, but the pros at Solar Air Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 954-320-7398 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.