System Repair vs. Replacement
You are experiencing problems with your HVAC system. Should you call for repair, or is it time to replace your system with a newer, more efficient model?
When you have a problem with your heating and air conditioning equipment, your immediate instinct is to call for repair. Unfortunately, there may be a deeper issue at hand and repair could simply be prolonging the inevitable. On the other hand, a disreputable contractor could push you into replacement when more affordable repair services could have fixed the problem. Consider the following before making a decision:
Age- If your air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacement. As your system ages, it loses efficiency and performance can begin to suffer. Older, inefficient systems may not only be producing less than exceptional results, but may also be costing you more in monthly energy costs as it works overtime to keep up with the temperature you desire. Similarly, furnaces and boilers more than 15 years old may be ready for replacement.
Efficiency- Do you know the efficiency rating of your existing heating or air conditioning system? Efficiency capabilities have increased greatly over the years, as have the U.S. Department of Energy’s minimum efficiency ratings which it enforces on new systems. Upgrading to a newer system can provide not only increased performance and results, but also reduced, long-term energy expenses. Have your utility bills experienced a sudden or sharp increase? This may be a sign that your system is no longer capable of having efficiency issues.
Noise- Is your system much louder during operation than it used to be? This is a sign of problems with internal components such as the condenser coil, or may be a sign of an improperly sized duct system. Problems with the condenser coil are serious, as it plays a vital role in the cooling function of your system. The duct system carries the cool air from your system into your home. If your system is not sized correctly, you may not be able to get the results you deserve. A reputable HVAC dealer can help you determine the best course of action.
Repair Frequency- If you have had multiple problems with your system within the last year, it may be time to replace your unit. This means that your contractor is misdiagnosing the problem, or there is a more severe issue at hand that simply cannot be repaired. After all, repair costs can add up, which can be especially frustrating if you continue to experience problems.
Additional Considerations- Other things to consider are problems with humidity levels, excessive dust, and extreme temperature variations from room to room. These can also be signs of problems with your ductwork. In order to fix the problem, the system may need to be replaced and the ductwork resized to the system’s exact specifications.
If your system is newer, has a reasonable efficiency rating, and you have not been having problems on a regular basis, you may be experiencing minor issues which can arise from time to time. While your heating and cooling expert can best diagnose the problem and offer suggestions, repair may be a sufficient solution. Having routine maintenance performed on your system is the best way to keep your system in top shape and prevent the need for costly repairs. Contact your local ServAssure dealer today to inquire about their reliable and trustworthy services and product offering.