Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning System?
At Florida Air Express, we get asked many of the same questions over time, and one of that is the most common is “should I repair or replace my AC?” We wish there were a simple answer for our customers, but it isn’t so cut and dry. Deciding to repair or replace depends on several factors, and it is not a one size fits all approach to making that choice. It is hard to determine what to do without knowing your air conditioning system’s ins and outs. The best answer can only come when you’ve gotten the advice of an HVAC pro like the one at Florida Air Express. Here are the top things to consider before repairing or replacing your AC.
Budget and Cost
One of the most significant deciding factors for most things in your home is cost. How much something will require financially can be the only question you ask yourself before making a decision. People in our area often want the best deal for staying cool throughout the hot Florida months. We understand that and recommend the best thing to save you the most money over time. If the repair costs more than 25% of the cost to buy a new air conditioner, you should consider a replacement. An old unit with massive amounts of needed air conditioning repairs will end up costing you more to maintain than a new unit will outright.
Not only should you consider the cost to repair or replace, but there is also a high cost in running your system, whether it is old or new. Consider what your utility bill will look like after your old system is repaired versus getting a SEER-rated, Energy star-approved air conditioner.
Another thing to consider when deciding to repair or replace is how long you will be living in the home. If you foresee your family moving within the next couple of years, a repair may be more sensible than a replacement. On the other hand, if this is your forever home, you’re not saving yourself time or money by throwing a Band-Aid on the unit when it needs a replacement. Think about upgrading to a new system for something that makes the most sense for the size of your home. Cost efficiency is a significant factor because your energy bills over time can increase more than they would if you had bought
a new unit.
Get Expert Advice
Our team doesn’t expect you to make this decision alone. We encourage you to reach out to HVAC contractors that are certified and have years of experience before determining to repair or replace. Florida Air Express offers free estimates and consultations for homeowners in Polk County. We don’t want you to make this decision alone. We will never upsell you on products or give you advice that we wouldn’t give our own family. Give us a call today at (863) 229-0137 to talk with an HVAC pro. Not only can we do your repairs or replacements, but we also offer financing to approved customers.