Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in St. Cloud, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut 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 most 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 handled?
At Osceola Air, LLC, 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 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 gives off. 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 operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unique circumstances when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when comparing the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get a couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it contains 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 fluctuate 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 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Osceola Air, LLC are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 407-477-6319 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.