Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Des Moines, 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 beginning to get 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 spring for that new air conditioner now or simply get your annual air conditioner service handled?

At Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route 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 lot 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 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 operate well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you could 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get multiple estimates to ensure 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 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 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 solution.

Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the team at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 515-207-6569 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.