Winter is coming, and that doesn’t mean much when you live in the Tampa area. You can expect cooler weather, sure, but there are unpredictable moments when you may still want to use your air conditioner. Still, it gets a nice break during this season, which helps you to save energy—especially if you’ve got an older air conditioner that no longer runs efficiently.
But if this is the case, you may start to consider the benefits of replacing your older AC system with a high-efficiency unit. And the best time to do this is during the off-season, when “winter weather” hits and you don’t need the air conditioner throughout the day and night any longer.
It’s worth upgrading that older system
If you have an old air conditioner that hasn’t completely broken down yet, you may be on the fence about whether you should replace it at all. You wouldn’t want to replace a system that still had a couple of good years of performance left.
The initial investment may seem daunting, but it will be worth it when you see how much you save and how much more comfortable you feel in the warmer months. Newer air conditioners use far less energy without suffering in cooling output. Your older system is likely to break down at any time, and you’re probably paying far too much for maintenance.
Does the AC show signs of a breakdown?
If an air conditioner begins showing signs it could break down, it’s a sure indication you should replace it. This includes unusual noises, poor performance, frequent refrigerant leaks, and other issues that don’t seem to get better with maintenance and repairs.
Your technician can give you more information about whether your AC troubles call for a replacement or just some quick repairs.
It may be more affordable to replace than to repair
Sometimes, though, repairs are possible but can cost about half the price of a new system, or even more. At this point, it’s not worth it! That repair can only last a few years before other parts start failing too, and you’ll need a replacement soon enough, adding up to a much higher overall cost.
You may also give up on repairs because you seem to be making one repair after another every year. There may be an issue that simply cannot be fixed—like that the air conditioner is oversized—and a new system saves you the hassle and expense of calling a repair person often.
It’s better now than later
All in all, it’s better to get that air conditioner replaced sooner rather than later. An AC system is most likely to break down in the middle of the hottest months, right when it’s working the hardest. This is the most inconvenient time to get a new air conditioner! You have to pay for emergency AC service and pick out a new system fast. Replacing that AC now gives you time to decide and relax.