Plus, the modern system does a better job of filtering out air contaminants and handling excess humidity
I was delighted to move from the northern part of the country to Largo, Florida. I was more than happy to leave behind sub zero temperatures and long months of snow and cold. There was no longer a need for a four-wheel-drive vehicle, snow shovel or ice scraper. I left behind my heavy boots, wool coat and sweaters. I was able to afford a nice location in Largo, because the house was a fixer-upper. It had stood empty for quite a few years, and everything from the appliances to the floor coverings were outdated. I needed to replace the roof, windows and water heater. I tore down walls and installed new drywall, kitchen cabinets and plumbing fixtures. While I knew the air conditioner was older and nearing the end of its service life, I hoped it would continue to operate for a few more years. The unit was gigantic, noisy and unattractive but managed to keep the home perfectly cool. It ran for three years before nothing but warm air flowed from the vents. When I called a local HVAC contractor for a repair, he found a refrigerant leak. He said that the unit was too old to find replacement parts. He could have added refrigerant and got the system running again, but the fix would have been temporary. Rather than invest into a repair, I decided on a new air conditioner installation. Upgrading the air conditioner helped to significantly lower my monthly electric bills. Plus, the modern system does a better job of filtering out air contaminants and handling excess humidity. It’s super quiet and provides a more consistent indoor temperature.