Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Omaha, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is starting 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 arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled?
At Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers 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 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifetime of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work 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 unknowns when it comes to determining 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 make sure 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 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 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 few of the variables, but the experts at Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 402-509-5940 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.