Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Orange County, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or just get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Mighty Ducts, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is most 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 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 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 routine 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 unique circumstances when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when assessing 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 includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Air conditioner replacement

  • Air conditioner size will be figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
  • 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 Mighty Ducts are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 714-464-3376 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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