Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Marshalltown, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that clear cut 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At B & G HVAC, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is probably the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a lot of 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 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 consistent 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 unknowns when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers 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 searching for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you determine the costs of both choices, 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 B & G HVAC are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 641-323-1210 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.