Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Winchester, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is starting to get 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 done? At Thornberry Bros 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 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 quite a few 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 applying that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering the two. Air conditioner service Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers 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 vary 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 determine the costs of both choices, 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 small number of the variables, but the pros at Thornberry Bros Inc are more than happy to help you determine which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 859-745-1564 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.