Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Mild weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Bakersfield, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your air conditioner service. However, it may not be that straightforward 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 arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled? At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose. 1. Air Conditioner Age This is most 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 produces. If your system 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 normal 12-15 year lifespan 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 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two. Air conditioner service Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.Keep track of when your warranty runs out 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 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 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 solution. Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing are more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.