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Repair or Replace: How to Know When Your Florida Air Conditioning System has Gone South

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Repair or replace

  1. 1. Repair or Replace: How to Know When Your Florida Air Conditioning System has Gone South When a problem occurs with an air conditioning system, sometimes a decision must be made concerning whether to repair the A/C system or replace it. This decision is usually tough because A/C repairs and A/C replacements can both produce a serious financial strain. Therefore, when faced with the decision of whether to repair or replace a Florida air conditioning system, several factors should be considered. 1. What needs to be repaired? 2. How old is the air conditioning system? 3. Has the warranty expired? 4. What is the opinion of an air conditioning professional? What Needs to be Repaired? When determining whether to repair or replace a Florida air conditioning system, one of the most important factors is the source of the problem. If the problem can be fixed with the replacement of a minor part and/or labor adjustment that is less than a few hundred dollars, the decision should usually be to repair the unit. However, if the problem requires the replacement of a major component such as the compressor, serious consideration should be given to replacing the unit depending on several factors such as the total cost of replacing the part, the unit age and the warranty status. How Old is the Air Conditioning System? The age of a Florida air conditioning system should be a vital part of any decision concerning repair or replacement. Generally, the cost of a repair needs to be weighed against the age of the system along with its current operational condition. For units older than 10 years, repair costs that total more than $300, excluding any warranty reductions, should be looked at very closely because the money could be used more wisely by investing in a new unit. Has The Warranty Expired? The warranty for an air conditioning system is a very important consideration when determining whether to repair or replace an A/C system because the warranty will generally cover the cost of the parts needed for the repair and sometimes will also cover the required labor cost. If the warranty will cover the cost of the parts and/or labor, the repair should be done under the warranty. However, the unit should be monitored closely once the repair has been completed. If the warranty does not cover all or most of the cost associated with the needed repair, strong
  2. 2. consideration should be given to replacing the unit depending on the system’s age, the overall condition of the unit and the total cost of the repair. What is the Opinion of an Air Conditioning Professional? When faced with an air conditioning system problem, the professional who checked the system and diagnosed the problem should be asked for his or her opinion regarding whether to repair or replace the system. The professional has first-hand knowledge of the system problem, and he or she has the needed experience to provide good advice. For people looking for assistance with their ac in Jacksonville, there are many professionals who can provide an array of repair services. In addition, if it’s time to replace that ac, Jacksonville residents will find many businesses in the area that offers a wide variety of system choices.

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