Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Des Moines, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 get that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service done?
At Heartland Heating & Cooling, 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 probably 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 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 putting that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent and it has been well 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 number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a couple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 searching for.
- The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine 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 small number of the variables, but the experts at Heartland Heating & Cooling are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 515-344-3579 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.