Air Conditioner Replacement at Pembroke Falls Home in Pembroke Pines, FloridaJune 16, 2010
This week I replaced two original air conditioner units at my Kingston model home in Pembroke Falls. Both existing units were developer installed A/C units that had been in the home since 1995. In replacing the units, I took advantage of three separate incentives offered by the A/C manufacture, FPL and the Federal Government to lower the cost of the replacements. I also upgraded to the highest efficiency units available which will provide a significant cost savings in my electricity bills going forward. The A/C technician from B Cool Inc. told me to expect about a $10 per S.E.E.R increase per month savings. The units I choose to install were a 19 S.E.E.R, 3 Ton York Affinity Series Air Conditioner for the upstairs and a 18 S.E.E.R, 4 Ton York Affinity Series Air Conditioner for the downstairs. The total cost savings for my install was $6,080. The cost savings broke down as follows: The A/C manufacture, York, provided a $200 instant rebated on each unit and an additional $1,000 mail-in rebate on each unit for a total rebate savings of $2,400. FPL provided a $1,005 Residential Central Air Conditioner Rebate for the 3 ton unit as well as a $1,175 Rebate for the 4 ton unit totaling $2,180. The Federal Government provided a $1,500 tax credit for installing the new high efficiency air conditioners prior to the end of 2010.
Any system that has a minimum of 16.00 S.E.E.R and 13.00 E.E.R. qualifies for a 30% tax credit up to $1,500. The tax credit is applied for when you file your yearly tax return and is calculated on job cost. For more info on the tax credit go to www.energystar.gov
For more information on FPL energy-saving programs visit www.FPL.com or call 1-800-342-5375.
I took this opportunity to replace both sets of copper Freon lines that feed and return from both A/C units in my home. I replaced the copper lines because I have had many clients and neighbors in Pembroke Falls who have experienced Freon leaks in these lines due to poor installation under the concrete slab foundation of the home. Apparently, the chemicals in the concrete erode the copper lines over time and cause leaks. By replacing the lines I avoided having this problem in the future.
In addition to replacing the Freon lines, I also had a new metal Line Chase installed over the new Freon lines on the outside of the home. The Line Chase is the square metal cover that shields the copper Freon Lines running up the wall on the outside of the home. The installer waterproofed the penetration point in the wall of the home as well as filled the top and bottom of the Line Chase with one foot of spray foam and caped the chase with metal end caps. This was done in order to prevent insects or rodents from infiltrating or making the Line chase their home.
To see a list of the Willard Realty Team’s preferred contractors and vendors servicing Pembroke Pines and South West Broward County including the A/C contractor, B Cool Inc., I used to replace my Air Conditioners click on http://www.dadebrowardproperties.com/Recommended-Links