Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Safford, 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 problems 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 buy that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At B&D Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is most 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 putting that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle 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 properly maintained, you could 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 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 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 calculated 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 figure out 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 option.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the team at B&D Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 928-432-6018 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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