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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Orange County, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is starting 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Ocean 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 not sure 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 a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. 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 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 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 unknowns when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires 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 looking for.
  • The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calaculate the costs of both choices, 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Ocean 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 949-525-9119 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.