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Replace or Repair?

If you are having trouble with your HVAC and you are wondering if it needs replacement or just repairhere are some factors to consider:

1. The age of the current system.  Today, any system that is more than ten years old is probably behind the times in terms of efficiency.
2. Level of comfort. Does the current system provide the level of comfort that you want? There is a growing difference between “builder grade” and consumer choice in what a system can offer in terms of comfort and convenience.
3. Cost-benefit analysis. Compare whether it is more advantageous for you to keep your current system or replace it with a newer one.

Repair

An older system that breaks down once is expected to break down again; which means more emergency service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to other components of your heating and cooling system or to your home. Therefore, give careful thought if the repairs cost is worth the time, the money and the inconvenience of keeping an older system operationalThink about how much you will pay and how many more repairs you will need in the future. Often paying for repairs to an inefficient or old system just prolongs the inevitable.

Consumers need to keep having a repairman come to their home for two primary reasons:poorly trained service technicians and shoddy installation. For that reason, industry’s standards for excellence are established by the North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (N.A.T.E.). This is the leading independent certification body for technicians in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. It administers the training, testing and validation procedures for meeting those standards. The lack of trained professional technicians is one of the biggest problems in the heating and air conditioning industry. Therefore, look for a company whose installation technicians N.A.T.E. certified.

All systems and units are different. With regular maintenance and replacement of partssome units last longer than the average lifespan guidelines. The average lifetime of an air conditioner is from twelve to fifteen years; a Furnace and a Boiler fifteen to twenty years. Consider anyways that if a unit has been repaired repeatedly, or has been run excessively, it might make more sense to replace it even sooner.

Also, when replacing a heater or air conditioner, it is usually best to replace both units at the same time. This way, you’ll save on installation costs and both units can be serviced on the same maintenance schedule and have the same approximate lifespan.

Some replacement systems can cost less than the fee of repeated repairs. In many cases, installing a new heating and cooling system can in fact pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time. This, the energy efficiency level, is aongoing cost factor to consider is. After you have overcame the frustration of system breakdowns and recovered from the repair bills, you still won’t save on your energy bills, as the cost of it will be brought back when you restore the old system.

Replace

If the current system of your home is in need of replacement, the potential for savings compared to your existing system can be quite dramatic and your efficiency options are expanded. Today’s comfort systems offer a surprising number of options and combinations – from individual heaters and air conditioners to integrated or “hybrid” systems. The key is to find the system that is the most effective in controlling home comfort costs.

It is important to find a HVAC company that will work with you to develop a system for your situation and budget due to the many different makes, models, prices and customer needs. The ability of systems to monitor conditions and adjust automatically has increased dramaticallySystems can vary widely in terms of energy efficiency and cost, and a wider variety of air quality add-ons are available than ever before.

These factors make the replacement decision even more complex than ever, it is an issue that can only be solved by doing a thorough evaluation of your home and existing equipment.

Here are some general rules you should look for when choosing a new heater, heat pump or air conditioning:

Pick out a model that will bring your home better comfort with a high efficiency rating and lower energy bills.
Select the system and equipment size correct for your home.
Request information from the installation representative or do some research on the artifact.
•Choose a manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and durability.
Check out contractor ratings and reviews online.
Decide on a reliable company with excellent customer satisfaction and a track record of service after the sale.

Whether your decision is to repair or replace the HVAC equipment, consider that you are spending a lot of money on the comfort of your family. Consequently, research thebackground of the companies you are considering as options, ask a friend or neighbour, or see online reviews recent work that they have done. Many companies in the HVAC industry don’t express the need to be there for their customers after installation or service of heating and cooling systemsIt is highly recommended to take the time to look for acompany that will partner with you to install a system that is appropriate for your situation,and will then help you keep the system operating at peak performance.