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If your HVAC has broken down, or even if it isn’t performing as well as it used to, which is a sign of the need to repair, it can be a difficult decision to determine if it is best to repair it or to replace it. Although no one wants to spend money installing a new hvac system if they don’t have to, there are times when a repair is nothing more than a band-aid for your problem. And as we all know, sometimes the best solution is to rip the band-aid off! Even if replacing your system is costly upfront, the long- term payoff might really pay off.
There are some significant advantages to replacing your current HVAC system, including:
Cost Savings. Over the past decade, the cost of repairing old HVAC units has approached nearly 50% of the value of them. And since a newer system will be much more energy efficient, replacing will end up saving you monthly. Depending on the Energy Rating, when you upgrade to a newer system, you can save anywhere from 20 to 40 percent monthly. When it comes to furnaces, the latest models have increased their energy rating from about 65% to nearly 97% since the 1970s, which is a real game-changer!
Tax Incentives. Some units come with tax incentives and credits that can add up to as much as 30% of the cost of replacement. So if you are going to replace your old system, look for the energy star rating, and know what type of tax credits you might be eligible for.
Warranty. New HVAC systems come with a warranty that will cover repairs in the future. That way, you have the insurance to know that things are taken care of and not on your dime.
Your Eco-Footprint. Many newer air conditioning units are R-22 refrigerant-free in an attempt to save the ozone from pollution. So by replacing your air conditioning unit, if you choose one that is R-22-free, you are also saving the environment!
Comfort and Air Quality. If you purchase a new system, then it will not only work more energy efficiently; it will work more efficiently all the way around. That means that you won’t be left with cold or hot zones around your home. And since dirt and debris can get stuck in the existing ductwork, it can reduce the air quality of your house. So replacing things makes your home environment much healthier.
Age. If your units are more than 10 years old, it is recommended that they are replaced. But most heating and air companies typically consider the magic age to replace a unit at about fourteen years old.
Frequent Repairs. If your system is in need of frequent repairs, that is usually a sign that it isn’t the right unit to keep up with the demands of your home. Not only will replacing the system help to cut down on repair costs; it will also help to save you monthly if your old units have been working overtime.
Uneven Temperatures. If you notice that there are cold or hot “zones” around your home where you can’t ever keep a consistent temperature, that is also a sign that your system is not performing as well as it should. Over time, the excessive wear and tear are going to lead to the need for repair or replacement.
Noise. If you hear any unusual noises coming from your system, that is an indication that it is not working properly. And if you ignore the sounds, then it will not go away! Anytime you hear a strange noise, that is an indication that, at a minimum, you need to call for an evaluation.
No one wants to spend money on something if they don’t have to. But sometimes in an attempt to save pennies, homeowners end up spending dollars. If your old unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, a repair is nothing but a band-aid. And that band-aid is only going to be a short term fix. So make sure that you aren’t spending money on repairing a unit that should just be replaced.
When you need the opinion of an expert you can trust for your HVAC needs, contact the technicians at Custom Climate. We can look at your system and tell you if a repair or a replacement is the best decision for your particular situation!