Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Drexel Hill, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for 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 issues 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 done?

At O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers 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 a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 applying that money towards a new system.

However, the average 12-15 year lifetime 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 well 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a few estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Air conditioner replacement

  • Air conditioner size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re looking 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 610-257-7035 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.