Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

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Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Lexington, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry 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 simply get your annual air conditioner service completed?

At Kelley Mechanical, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route 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 produces. If your equipment 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 lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been correctly 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Air conditioner service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure 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 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 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 Kelley Mechanical are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 859-209-3003 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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