May 13, 2021
In Florida, we demand a lot from our cooling systems all year long. In northern states, many homeowners only turn their systems on for a few months. Everyday use can cause our Florida A/Cs to wear down faster, making the time for a replacement sooner. Here’s how to know when it’s time to replace your system:
Cooling systems that have lasted longer than 10 years will begin to become problematic. Although it may continue running, the system will be less efficient than it was before, leaving you with higher energy bills. Additionally, your system will be at a higher risk of breakdowns. As older systems are no longer under warranty, breakdowns will become costly.
Many homeowners find themselves spending more money on repairs than they would have spent for a replacement. While this may slightly extend the lifespan of the system, it will ultimately still need to be replaced in the near future. If the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new unit, this is a clear sign that it should be replaced.
When your cooling system is leaking, this is a sure sign that something’s not working the way it should. Repairs can be intensive and costly, so it’s important to look out for puddles and drips.
SEER (Standard Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings measure the energy efficiency of your cooling system. In Florida, it's required that systems now have a SEER rating of at least 14, and there are even proposals to raise it to 16. If your SEER rating is lower than 14, it’s time to replace it! You can find the SEER rating displayed on the outside of your unit or in the user guide listed with the make and model.
If you’ve decided that your cooling system has run its course, our professionals are here for you. Enjoy cool air again and call Cool Today at (800) 226-2636
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