Quality AC Replacement Options
The average air conditioner in Florida lasts 8 to 12 years due to the high humidity and the atmospheric salt content. That means you can plan on replacing your air conditioner rather than waiting until your current system fails.
Velocity Air Conditioning sells top brands for new heating and cooling systems to residents in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and nearby counties. Call today to schedule your free in-home evaluation with one of our expert AC installation specialists.
Reasons To Consider a Replacing Your AC
- Your Unit Is Undersized For Your Space
To effectively cool your home, your air conditioner must have enough heat transfer capacity. While a unit may be the right size at installation, your home may outgrow the system in several ways.
There are two situations that can lead to your home not being enough. The first reason there could be of lack of capacity is if more people come to your home. The second sign of low heat transfer capacity is if your home used to be shaded but now it’s not.
- You’re Seeing Your Energy Bills Rising
Keep an eye on your energy consumption each month. Your bill may increase due to changes in utility prices. However, you should not be consuming significantly more each month compared to last year.
Consumption that’s substantially higher each month indicates your AC is running longer cycles or experiencing greater electrical resistance. This commonly happens as units age or as the system’s components wear out. Higher energy bills may indicate the need for an AC repair or a new AC system.
- You’re Running an Older Air Conditioner
If your unit is from before 2010, you will need to pay a higher price for repairs. This is because the refrigerant technology used in older units is outdated and costly. Starting in 2020, it became illegal to produce the R22 refrigerant used in older units, making repairs costly.
- You Keep Your Repair Technician on Speed Dial
If you are calling for repairs for your AC system regularly, it might be time to replace it. HVAC professionals have found that air conditioners require more repairs over the last two years of its service life. Consider how many repairs your system has required, and start comparing the cost of those repairs.
Nothing is worse than paying more for your repairs than the AC system’s currently worth. Multiply the cost of your repairs over the last two years by the age of your system. If it costs more than a new system, it might be a good time to think about getting a new AC.
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What To Consider Before an AC Replacement
If you want a new AC system, consider getting something different from what you currently have. Consider how you can improve your system, and how bundling your upgrades may save you money.
- Is Your Current System Sufficient?
Beyond looking at size, the design of your AC system may not be sufficient for your home’s needs. When you have inconsistent cooling throughout your home, part of the problem may be your air conditioning unit’s design.
Most older systems use a single thermostat, and attempt to cool your entire home all at the same time. Newer systems use multiple thermostats to create zones in your home. This combines with a series of dampers in your ducts to direct the cool air where you need it. These zones keep your home more consistently comfortable while reducing your cooling costs.
- Replacement Costs and Bundling
Before scheduling your AC replacement, consider the rest of your HVAC system needs. Is a new heater or furnace something you will be investing in the near future? Maybe you have too much moisture and need to purchase a dehumidifier. Bundling these purchases together often lowers the average installation cost by reducing the redundant work required when installing them separately.
- Choosing a High-Efficiency System
Consider what kind of system you want to install. If your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old, any new model will likely offer better efficiency. However, a standard AC unit is either on or off, which means when it runs, it’s constantly running on high.
High-efficiency central ac units have variable speed fans and compressors, giving them more control to offer the cooling power required. While these systems may run longer cycles, they use less power doing so. The result is a more consistent temperature throughout your home while saving money on your average cost of energy.
Award-Winning AC Replacement Service
Many companies offer AC repair or replacement services. However, it’s not just the technical installation that matters, but the experience you have with the team. This is what separates the Velocity Air Conditioning team from most companies in the area.
Velocity Air Conditioning is a family-owned company with more than 25 years’ experience in the HVAC industry. Our entire team strives to make your entire experience feel like a close friend or family member is helping you out. This approach is why our team has earned the Best of Home Advisor award.
Make sure you have a new AC system that’s up to the challenge of the Florida summers. Call (813) 370-0299 to schedule your free on-site consultation appointment with one of the friendly AC installation specialists today.
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