Repair or Replace - That is the HVAC Question
Assessing Your HVAC System
Something is just not right with your HVAC system (again), and you’re faced (again) with the decision to repair the newest problem or bite the bullet and replace the system. Considering the following factors may be helpful when making that decision.
· Age. If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, replacement will be the most cost effective choice. A new system can be up to 60% more efficient, saving energy and reducing utility costs.
· Frequent Repairs. The cost of HVAC system repairs can add up quickly. There is also the inconvenience of downtime during the repair process.
· Uneven room temperatures. Some rooms are too hot, some rooms are too cold, but no rooms are just right. An inefficient HVAC system may be the cause.
· Lack of programmable capability. The inability to program your HVAC system to adjust temperatures to energy saving settings when rooms are not in use wastes energy and adds to utility costs.
· Poor indoor air quality. An inefficient HVAC system can cause high humidity in warm weather, excessive dryness in cold weather, and the circulation of dust particles from attics or crawl spaces throughout your home year round.
· Unusual noise or odor. These signs of trouble signal that it’s time to check things out.
Determining the Extent of Your HVAC System Replacement
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your HVAC system, the next question is how much of the system should be replaced. Inspect the unit itself and the peripheral system, including the ductwork and insulation; the thermostat, electrical service, and wiring; piping for the refrigerant, condensate, and flue; the chimney liner and flue terminations; drain pans, driers, registers and grills; the filter and the evaporator coil, to determine the extent of wear and tear.
If possible, replace the entire system. Adding a new, high efficiency HVAC unit to old components can defeat the goal of saving energy and reducing utility bills. It may also stress older parts, increasing the potential for breakdowns.
Getting Your HVAC System Replacement Done Right
When it comes to HVAC replacement, professional installation is best. A certified HVAC specialist is abreast of current regulatory requirements, innovative system components, and safe installation practices. Using a comprehensive 4-step assessment plan, this highly skilled individual will determine the appropriate unit for your home.
· Step one: formulate a load calculation to ensure the new HVAC system is adequate for your needs.
· Step two: perform an energy analysis to determine the operating cost of the new system.
· Step three: assess the need for specialized components. An ECM motor that filters air continuously, for example, will cost pennies to operate and may help reduce the cost of medical care for respiratory problems.
· Step four: prepare a “cost - v - return” analysis to determine the financial benefits of the new system. With regular preventative maintenance, a modern HVAC system can operate effectively for 12 to 15 years or more. The projected monthly savings in utility bills over that time will offset the initial cost and provide a substantial return on your investment.
If the time has come to say good-bye to your aging HVAC system, give the professionals at Casa Mechanical a call. From installing replacement parts to replacing entire systems, the goal of our certified HVAC specialists is to get the job done right. We have been keeping Central Texas residents comfortable for nearly 15 years. Contact us today to schedule your HVAC system evaluation.