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Air Conditioner Service or Air Conditioner Replacement: What to Consider

Mild weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Las Vegas, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your air conditioner service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut 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 most 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 Polar Air & Heating 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 unsure which route to choose.

1. Air Conditioner Age

This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. 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 normal 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been scheduled regularly 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 comparing 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 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 searching 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 option.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the pros at Polar Air & Heating Inc are more than happy to help you choose which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 702-623-0579 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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