You expect your home’s air conditioning system to put in hard work during a typical Florida summer. The heat and the humidity place a significant strain on it each year. Even if you keep up with regular maintenance for the AC each spring, the time will come when all the stress, the wear and tear, will catch up and overwhelm the cooling system. And that means … replacement time.
If reading that made you start to doubt the future of your air conditioning system, right now is a good time to start giving serious thought to putting in a new one once the summer heat subsides. We’ll give you some help below for making this decision about what to do with your air conditioning in Wesley Chapel, FL to ensure you have a system that works its best for the years to come.
Just how old is your air conditioner?
The average lifespan of a modern central air conditioner is between 10 and 15 years. If the AC was already in the house when you moved in, we recommend checking on the cabinet to see its age. Just because an air conditioner is more than 15 years old doesn’t mean it’s doomed and ready to crash any second—but at this point, it’s out of warranty and the risk of the system turning inefficient or failing is significantly higher. We recommend replacing a system this old so you can start benefiting from a more efficient and reliable unit.
Are you concerned about much higher bills in the summer?
If the reason for thinking your AC is on its final lap is an increase in the cost to run it, then a replacement is the best route. Ask your technician about what repairs might help, but if the technician thinks the cost-effective plan is a new air conditioner, go for the new air conditioner. There’s a test you can do to help make the choice ….
The 5,000 Rule
… which is to multiply the cost of any repair by the age of the system. If the result is more than 5,000, the repair isn’t worth it. If you have an air conditioner that’s 15 years old, a $400 repair would be too costly. (15 x 400 = 6,000.) Another way to think of this is that any repair that’s more than half the cost of a replacement is far too expensive.
You have some excellent choices for a new AC
Over the past decade and a half—the length of time you may have had your current air conditioner—the technology of home cooling has made significant advances. You have more options, better options, for how to cool your home than ever before. Our technicians can help you find an excellent new system, such as a heat pump or a ductless mini split, that will improve your home comfort and energy savings to new levels. You can make it more than a replacement—it’s a full upgrade!