To replace or not to replace?
To replace or not to replace – that is the question.
The dreaded day has finally arrived – your HVAC system has broken down. Should you replace or repair? There are benefits to each option but it is hard to know which is right choice for your home. Our experts share a few things you should ask yourself to determine which option is best:
How cost effective would repairing your unit be versus replacing?
If your system is more than 10 years old you could be spending more than 50% of its value on repairs. In addition to repairs, the utility cost on a dated system is excessive. Upgrading to a new system could save you money in the long run because the maintenance fees are exponentially lower.
How is the air quality in your home?
Newer systems improve the air quality of your home. Advancements in technology allow these systems to condition the air. In addition, they better control the mold and humidity levels in your house. This, in turn, improves the quality of air even more. If you have an old system it could be harboring years of bacteria build up. This build up could lead to breathing trouble or allergies.
Does your system fit government regulations?
Many people are unaware that the government has strict regulations for what is acceptable and what is not, when it comes to HVAC systems. Most older machines do not fit these regulations in terms of efficiency and environmental factors. To learn more about these guidelines click here.
Are you hiring the most qualified and skilled service technician?
The quality of your service technician plays an important role. The quality (or lack thereof) during installation and service trips can make a 10-year-old machine seem older than it really is. On the other hand, some older HVAC systems can seem like new if they have regularly received excellent maintenance. If you do choose repair over replace, make sure you take the time to find an experienced and reliable technician.