Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Thousand Oaks, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning to get 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 simply get your annual air conditioner service done? At Air Max HVAC Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose. 1. Air Conditioner Age This is probably 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 gives off. 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 average 12-15 year lifespan 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 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 expires and note what it includes 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 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 choice. Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the pros at Air Max HVAC Inc are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 805-217-8662 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.