One of a homeowners’ worst nightmares is a malfunctioning big-ticket item. Like a worn-out roof or a leaky water heater, a decrepit HVAC system can strike fear into the bravest hearts. You may wonder if you should bite the bullet and replace it or if you should see if it can be repaired. Here are some suggestions to help you decide which would work best for you.
A quick way to get an idea of whether you should repair or replace your heating and cooling system is the Rule of $5,000. Take the age of the equipment and multiply it by the repair cost. If the number is more than $5,000, then you should consider a replacement. For example, if a 15-year-old unit with a $350 repair charge equals $5,250, you’re better off replacing it.
On the other hand, if a 10-year-old system costs $350 to repair, for a total of $3,500, repairing may be your best bet.
There are other reasons why you may want to take the plunge and replace your HVAC:
New units have 10-year warranties with manufacturers, which will reduce future repair costs.
• Better Air Quality
Newer heating and cooling systems have improved abilities to keep the air fresh by reducing mold, mildew, and allergens.
• Reduced Dependency on Outdated Products
By 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency will have phased out R-22 refrigerant to preserve the ozone. Upgrading your system will keep you from depending on a product whose availability is dwindling.
• Tax Incentives
Tax incentives/credits could shave 30 percent off the cost of a newer system.
• Utility Rebates
Numerous utility companies provide rebates and credits for upgrading to high-efficiency systems.
However, repairs may be a better choice:
1. If your unit has minor issues, such as a clogged drain line or a broken duct seal, and a few basic repairs will keep it in shape.
2. If the unit is less than 10 years old and you won’t gain a whole lot by upgrading.
3. If you live in a region where you won’t use the air too much or one where you won’t use the heat too much. A skilled technician can give you the best guidance as to whether this system will be more economical than a new one later on.
4. If your AC has a SEER Level of 15 and above.
Your air and heating system may be trying to tell you that something is wrong. An expert technician from Progressive Air Systems can precisely assess whether you need to have your unit repaired or completely replaced.
• Strange Sounds
It’s normal for a heating and cooling system to make sounds, but not banging, grinding, shrieking or squealing sounds. This could indicate that an old part simply should be replaced, or that something more serious is going on. A professional technician can analyze the problem and determine what steps to take next.
• Odd Odors
A strange smell coming from your system could merely be dust and debris burning off, or it could be mold in the ductwork. It could also indicate a serious fire hazard, such as melted wires. An expert can determine whether the system needs to be scrapped or salvaged.
If high usage during summer and winter has pushed your unit into multiple breakdowns, or if it’s been breaking down often for no apparent reason, it’s time to call an expert. They’ll let you know whether these are issues that will keep hounding you in the future and will make getting a new system more economical.
• Skyrocketing Energy Bills
Is your bill spiking, even though you’re using the system as you normally would, and you get it regularly maintained? A technician can get to the root of the problem and suggest what can be done about it.
• Your Unit isn’t Doing What it’s Supposed to Do
Is warm air coming from your cooling vents or cold air from your heater? Is your system struggling to keep your home warm or cold? This may indicate a serious problem that calls for a replacement. Proudly serving the Tampa Bay area, Progressive Air Systems will sort out the problem and recommend what the next step should be.
Should you get a new heating and cooling system? Should you repair the one you have? If you’re not sure which one is right, the specialists at Progressive Air Systems are here to install or repair an HVAC system for you. Our highly qualified, experienced professionals will treat your home like their own.