Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Tucson, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 done?
At A&M Heating & Cooling LLC, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which path to choose.
1. Air Conditioner Age
This is probably 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 puts out. 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 putting that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifetime of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you might 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 comparing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a few 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 figured out by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you calaculate the costs of both options, 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 520-200-1048 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.