Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Opelika, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that cut and dry 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service done? At Farnell Mechanical, 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 not sure 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 puts out. If your air conditioner is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be applying that money towards a new system. However, the average 12-15 year lifetime 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 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering the two. Air conditioner service Get a couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 searching for.The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings. After you determine the costs of both routes, 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 334-524-2458 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.