Retirement rumors in Tampa: Time to retire your old A/C system?
How long are HVAC systems even supposed to last? Depending on the manufacturer, they might tell you anywhere from 10 to 20 years ... and we agree - that's not very helpful information. So, how do you know when it's time to retire and replace your system? There's a short and simple list of 3 factors to consider in your decision:
YOUR ENERGY BILL
System age: Most manufacturers warranty their system components and parts for 10 years - so an important thing to consider is whether or not repair parts will be covered by warranty when they need to be replaced to keep your system running.
Your energy bill: Has your electric bill gone up recently, even though the utility company hasn't increased their rates all that much? It could be a sign your air conditioner isn't running with the same efficiency it had when you first installed it. This happens as the system components age over time - it's simple wear and tear from the thousands of times your system has started and stopped over the years you've relied on it.
Costly repairs: When facing the decision of an expensive repair to keep your system running, it's in your best interest to ask your trusted service provider for a quote on a new replacement system - NOT because you're going to buy that new system today - but because you want to make the smartest decision you can. If the cost of repair is near or more than half of the cost of a new system - it's wise to at least consider the benefits of a new and likely more efficient system that will be covered by warranty for years down the road. If you make a costly repair to an old system in June, and another component fails in the middle of sweltering August leading you to fully replace your system - you'll wish you hadn't made that costly repair earlier on a system being removed and scrapped. Ultimately the choice is personal to each homeowner - and we know there's a lot of things that factor into a decision like replacing expensive machinery in your home.
Ultimately, we see it as our responsibility to provide you the best and fullest information possible for each of your options - in order for you, the homeowner, to make the decision that is right for YOU. That might mean repairing the system you have - and it might mean replacing it.