Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Naples, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that cut and dry if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 CNR Air Conditioning Inc, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your equipment 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 typical 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 well maintained, you might 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 number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get multiple 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 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 calaculate 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 pros at CNR Air Conditioning Inc are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 239-241-5318 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.