Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in West Palm Beach, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing problems 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 completed? At Summit Air Conditioning 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 uncertain which path to choose. 1. Air Conditioner Age This is probably 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 applying that money towards a new system. However, the average 12-15 year lifetime of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been consistent and it has been well maintained, you might 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 assessing the two. Air conditioner service Get a couple 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 differ 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 small number of the variables, but the team at Summit Air Conditioning Inc are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 561-582-3390 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.