Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Chelan and Wenatchee, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing problems 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 buy that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled?
At Lakeside Heating & Air, 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 more than likely 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 puts out. If your air conditioner 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 lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been correctly 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 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 couple 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 differ 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 few of the variables, but the pros at Lakeside Heating & Air are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 509-284-4265 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.