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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Albuquerque, 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 climbing up there in age and has been causing issues 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 get that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Desert Suns Heating & Cooling, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is more than 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 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 putting that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly 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 unique circumstances 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 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 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 differ 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 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 option.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 505-994-9176 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.