Air conditioning repair or replacement? That is the question.
It is often difficult to determine whether or not it’s time to replace your Tampa air conditioner. And even if you know it’s time, the cost of purchasing a new one can be daunting. However, new AC systems might not be as expensive as you think, and with financing, you may end up paying less overall each month. Replacing your Tampa AC system with a more energy-efficient one will lower your monthly energy bills, save you money, and keep you more comfortable in your home. Let’s discuss the lifespan of your air conditioner, and how we deal with air conditioning repair and replacement.
How Long Does An Air Conditioner Last?
We are often asked about the average lifespan of an air conditioner, which we estimate to be around 10 years. Energy Star says the same thing. However, this number shouldn’t be used as a benchmark to determine the efficiency of your AC system. Every system is unique, and with proper installation and maintenance, an air conditioner can live a lot longer. But because we live in Florida, we use our air conditioners much more than someone might living in, say, New York. And because single-stage air conditioners are built to turn on and off throughout the day (read more about this here), these systems grow old quickly because of the frequent cycling patterns they utilize.
If you invest in proper maintenance for your air conditioner post-installation, you might be able to extend its lifespan. However, if you haven’t taken good care of your Tampa AC system, it’s likely to need replacing before that 10-year mark. That’s why we always recommend investing in regular maintenance, both on your own and through your AC company. Read more about homeowner tips for taking care of your AC system here.
So… Tampa Air Conditioning Repair or Replacement?
AC repair services in Tampa will always cost less initially than a new system. However, most repair services should be seen as temporary band-aids, not long-term fixes. If your air conditioner is fairly new and has never malfunctioned before, you will likely only need a simple repair. But after your AC repair, keep an eye on your system. If it continues to break down, it might be an indicator of a larger issue.
If your air conditioner is nearing its life expectancy and has broken down multiple times, it might be more cost-effective to invest in a new AC system. We say this for a number of reasons. First, repair costs can add up significantly over time. And at the end of the day, this is money down the drain, as you won’t ever see a return on investment with Tampa AC repair. Further, installing a new system will not only fix the issues you were having previously, but it will also lower your energy bills, especially if you purchase an inverter. This saves you money every month, which will help offset the cost of a new air conditioner. If you end up having issues down the road, any Amana system we install comes with a 10-year labor warranty from the manufacturer, which protects you from future repair costs.
With so many flexible financing options, your best bet is often air conditioning replacement. However, we highly recommend calling an AC company like Air Express before you decide. Letting a technician (preferably, one of the World’s Smartest #humble) evaluate the health of your system will allow you to make a more educated decision. And we’ll be able to help you map out the costs of both air conditioning repair and replacement services, so you can feel more confident with whatever choice you make. We specialize in Temple Terrace AC repair and replacement services, and we extend our service area throughout the greater Tampa area.