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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Mobile, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path 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 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you might 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 number of 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 runs out and note what it includes 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 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 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 option.

Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 251-471-2674 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.