Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Laguna Hills, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule 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 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At White Mechanical, 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 uncertain which route 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 gives off. If your system 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 lifetime 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 properly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unique circumstances when it comes to determining 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 multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it covers 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 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 experts at White Mechanical, Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 949-284-6382 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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