Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Naples, 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 nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service done?

At Speedy Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain 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 quite a few 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent and it has been properly maintained, you may 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 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 ensure 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 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 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 team at Speedy Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 239-596-2645 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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