Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in the Rio Grande Valley, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward 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 nearly all 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 completed?

At Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C., we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way 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 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 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 operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly 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 variables when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few 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 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 looking for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you determine 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 pros at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 956-630-3522 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.