In Tampa, or most anywhere in Florida, it just doesn’t do to go without air conditioning. That’s why you may feel more than flustered when your unit is not providing relief from the heat, and we at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric understand that more than anyone. Before you consider replacing your air conditioning system, there are a few things our professional technicians would caution you to keep in mind!
Age of Unit – Repair or Replace A/C?
Age is the easiest and one of the most important variables when looking to replace. The average life of an air conditioning unit is around 10 years. While you want to get the most of your current unit, you don’t want to wait until your unit fully dies. If you are on the fence, some companies recommend using what is called the 5K rule. If you multiply the age of the unit by the cost of the repair, and the total goes over $5000, then you are better off replacing. If it’s under, you can likely get away with repair.
Cost of Operation – Repair or Replace A/C?
When a system is failing, it often underperforms, meaning that it will use more energy while not producing as strong of a result. This is also noticeable if your unit is putting out weak airflow when you turn your unit on. When your energy bills rise dramatically within the current year while using your unit just the same as before, this may be a sign your unit is on its last legs. A newer unit will save you the hassle of large unnecessary bills with much more efficiency.
Frequent Repair – Repair or Replace A/C?
If your unit has to be seen for the same issue over and over, this is already a red flag. Overall, when your repairs are happening more than 2 times a year, the unit itself may be wearing out completely. Plus, we know that having to do multiple repairs can get expensive – quickly. In a similar fashion to the 5K rule, if your costs are adding up past that 5K, the cost of replacement may be more appealing, especially if you suspect your unit will give out again.
If none of these factors are ringing bells, we would advise bringing in a professional opinion before replacing your air conditioning unit. Sometimes the unit’s repair may be much less when weighed against the costly venture of a brand new system. However, make sure your technician is one that you trust. Unfortunate as it may be, some technicians will pressure you into buying a new system when your old one still has a handful of years in it! That’s why we advise calling on the Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric team; our technicians are honest and want to restore comfort to your home with your budget and needs in mind.
When replacing, don’t leave the work of professionals to amateurs – Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric has trained technicians on hand and the tools and knowledge to get the job done right the first time. We have over 40 years of experience serving the Tampa area so you can rest assured when you call on us! We’ll get you out of the hot seat and back to cool in a timely fashion. Schedule our services through our online form or call us at (813) 524-6313 any day of the week between 7AM to 11PM!