No one wants to spend their vacation money on a new AC unit, but it beats baking in your house all summer long. The good news is that buying a new HVAC system will save you money in the long run. Immense advances in energy efficiency have taken place over the last 20 years.
New units use less Freon, which is expensive, and repairs on more modern systems cost less than repairs on older ones. So, it isn’t all bad. With a new air conditioning unit, you can improve your home’s overall comfort, healthfulness, durability and energy efficiency. Still, replacing your air conditioner is a significant investment and a major decision that you should not take lightly.
We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of things to think about when deciding to replace your AC unit.
DOES YOUR AC UNIT NEED TO BE REPLACED OR REPAIRED?
We’ve given you some maintenance tips in the past:
How You Can Keep Your AC Running Efficiently
Reasons Why Your AC Might Be Blowing Hot Air
Air Conditioning Tips Tricks
Clogged coils and dirty filters cause most AC issues, but what if this time, you suspect there's a bigger issue to blame? Once you’ve gone through all the diagnostics yourself and have decided that you need a professional opinion, we’re happy to step in and provide you with one.
If you're a returning customer, you are due two tune-ups each year as per our Energy Savings Agreement. First-time customers, your diagnostic fee will be waived with an approved repair. Our priority is to keep you comfortable all year long. As we all know, a home in Middle Tennessee without AC can get uncomfortable pretty quickly in the summer.
If your AC unit is under 12 years old and experiencing the following repair issues, it may be time for a REPAIR:
Loose or broken ductwork
Right size and fit
If there are multiple repair issues you might need to replace your unit.*
If any of the following repair issues apply to your AC unit, it may be time for a REPLACEMENT:
Condenser/ evaporator coil issues
Heat exchanger problems
Low SEER rating
Over or under-sized
Please contact us today if you need an air conditioning unit repair or replacement. We have financing options available with approved credit.
You can trust that our experienced technicians will take the time to get it right. We don’t just swap out equipment for new. After all, the most important day of your new unit’s life is the day it’s installed in your house.
Hollins Raybin and Weissman Law Firm
It's hard to forget the fatal 18-wheeler collision that took the life of 65-year-old TDOT technician David Younger in late April. According to the WKRN, the accident occurred around 9:40 AM, Thursday, April 28th, when a TDOT crew took three emergency vehicles down I-40 to respond to a worksite in Hickman County. One of the three automobiles got a flat tire, so the workers turned on all of their vehicles' emergency lights and pulled over to the side of the road to repair the flat.
That's when authorities say a semi veered off the road and onto the shoulder striking two TDOT automobiles and David Younger before careening off the road and overturning. Younger died at the scene of the accident, and three TDOT workers suffered personal injuries.
This tragic semi-truck wreck brought attention to the dangers that TDOT workers, state troopers, and other road crew members face daily. Lt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WKRN that if the truck driver had observed the Move Over Law, this crash would not have happened.
"This is clearly a violation of the Move Over Law that is in place to prevent incidents just like this," Miller explained. "Now, because we have a person who failed to observe the rules of the road in the state of Tennessee, we have a person who has been taken from his family, and that is not acceptable," he said.
Since the accident, the tractor-trailer driver Candelario Castillo and his employer have been under investigation. There is currently an $18 million lawsuit pending against the driver and his employer, Spirit Truck Company.
My condolences go out to David Younger's family at this time. Younger was a native of Nashville, TN. He is survived by his wife of over forty years, two daughters, and grandchildren.
The Importance of the Move Over Law
You may remember a piece I previously wrote about the Move Over Law. In it, I explained what this law requires of drivers and that many people were not observing this fairly new, but very important law.
Tennessee was the 30th state to establish a Move Over Law when it passed in 2006. According to the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security, The Move Over Law is a part of the [State Law: Move Over for Stopped Emergency Vehicles] "Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicles Law" (T.C.A. 55-8-132). It requires motorists to move into the adjacent lane of traffic, when safe to do so, or to slow down for emergency vehicles. In 2011, the law was expanded to include utility service equipment to the list of vehicles for which motorists are required to either slow down or move over.
David Younger's death reminds us of the dangers that TDOT workers and state troopers face when motorists do not obey the Move Over law. Younger was the fourth TDOT employee in five years to have been killed in the line of duty statewide. Since TDOT's inception in 1948, 110 TDOT workers have lost their lives on the job.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman BJ Doughty explained to WKRN reporters just how dangerous a TDOT worker's job could be. "When we are on the side of the roadway, you are coming through our office at 70 miles an hour."
Observing the Move Over Law
All motorists must work together to keep our roads safe. We must respect the critical jobs that emergency responders have and help get them where they need to be. This means being aware of our surroundings and the rules of the road.
Let's break down the Move Over Law into steps that we can all easily follow. After all, obeying the law could prevent you from getting a $500 ticket and help emergency responders save the lives of those in need.
Change lanes for emergency automobiles that are headed to a site. It's simple. When you see an emergency response vehicle behind you, move to a different lane to make a path. Emergency vehicles include police cars with their sirens and TDOT vehicles, ambulances, and fire trucks.
Slow down and drive carefully if you can't change lanes. If you cannot change lanes due to heavy traffic, slow down. This allows emergency responders to pass you more easily.
Change lanes when you see a stopped emergency vehicle. If you can change lanes and move away from stopped emergency vehicles safely, you should do so.
Move over for non-emergency vehicles too. When you approach a stopped motorist who is experiencing car trouble, you should change lanes to give that person as much room as possible.
Pay Attention and Save Lives
At Hollis, Raybin & Weissman, want to do all we can to raise awareness of Tennessee's Move Over Law. Police officers, emergency responders, and TDOT workers have to work on dangerous highways and roadsides daily. For them to do their job, we must do ours by paying attention and giving them space. Protect yourself and others on the highway. It is the law, and it is your responsibility.
If you have experienced personal injuries due to an accident involving a truck, semi, tractor-trailer, or heavy construction equipment hauler, I'm here to serve you. Contact David Weissman and the law firm of Hollis, Raybin & Weissman for a confidential consultation of your case today at 615-237-8934 or fill out our contact form immediately.