If you’re faced with the decision to repair your existing HVAC system or to move ahead with a new system installation, the answers to the following questions will help you make the decision.
Has your system received regular maintenance once or twice a year?
The importance of regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system cannot be stressed enough. Just as your car needs routine maintenance, so does your HVAC system. If your car ran like your HVAC system, it would run all day and all night, with frequent stops and starts. In time, its performance would suffer, and critical components would fail. HVAC manufacturers’ warranties require maintenance for a very good reason – they know that maintenance will keep the system running its best.
Are repairs 30-50% of the cost of a new system? Or does your system need frequent repairs?
If the repair cost is substantial – approaching 30-50% of the price of a new system, the wise decision is most likely to install a new system. Sometimes it’s better to invest the cost of a substantial repair or frequent repairs into a new system as the overall benefits outweigh keeping an outdated system running.
Is your HVAC system over ten years old?
Even with regular maintenance, your HVAC system will gradually lose efficiency, and its performance will suffer over time. Perhaps you’ve added a room or converted a garage into additional living space. The increased square footage is especially taxing to an aging system that was sized for a smaller space. The technological improvements in a new system will save you up to 50% on your monthly cooling bill. Plus, its effectiveness in cooling and dehumidifying have improved, keeping you and your family more comfortable.
So What Has Improved in New HVAC Systems?
A lot has changed in the past decade in home heating and air conditioning systems. Today’s systems have variable speed fans, multi-stage compressors, programmable thermostats, control of humidity, and improved indoor air quality. They can even tell you when your filter needs to be replaced.
Again, you’ll notice the most significant difference in energy efficiency. If your system is ten years old or older, you’ll see an immediate drop in your cooling costs on your utility bill – up to 50% – if you install one of today’s energy-efficient models.
Purchasing A New System May Be Easier Than You Think
Throughout the year, you can get rebates from local utility companies, federal tax rebates, manufacturer rebates, special financing, and payment plans, or discounts through your HVAC contractor.
We’re Here to Help
If you’d like to discuss the pros and cons of replacing, repairing, or maintaining your heating and cooling system further, give us a call or schedule a free consultation. We’re happy to discuss your particular situation and help you make the best decision for you and your budget.