HVAC Service Replacement

Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Vero Beach, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is starting 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 nearly all 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 completed?

At Temp Control of Vero Beach, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is probably the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly 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 figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will differ 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 figure out 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 option.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the team at Temp Control of Vero Beach are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 772-232-7649 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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