To repair or replace: how to know when it’s time to update your system
Often when thinking about replacing or repairing your furnace or air conditioning system, your decision comes down to choosing between the upfront cost of an entirely new unit, or the expense of regular upkeep and often unanticipated repairs. The information below can help you better determine which action you may need to take.
Sometimes inconsistencies in your home that appear to be unrelated, are in fact indicative of issues with your home heating and cooling system (HVAC). In these instances, the poor quality of one element within your overall system could be blame for overall faulty performance. According to http://www.EnergyStar.gov, less costly repairs could be the solution if you have the following concerns:
No matter how much you clean, your home is always dusty. Improperly sealed ductwork could be redistributing dust and other airborne particulate throughout your home. Leaky ducts can contribute to uneven distribution of air when trying to heat or cool your home.Have your ducts properly sealedand this may solve both problems.
Humidity control has become a problem inside your home. Often, inadequate or faulty equipment and leaky ductwork can lead to air that is too humid or too dry for the season. This situation can likely be improved by having your system serviced by a Service Champions technician.
Temperatures from room to room are not consistent. This problem can be from a number of things. Again, leaky ducts could be the culprit, but inadequate insulation also is often an auxiliary factor.
Your energy bill seems unreasonably high. You keep your HVAC unit running full blast all day long to assure your home is comfortable when you return home in the evening. This wastes energy and money. Install a programmable thermostat to eliminate the need to continually run your system all day long.
Repairs or improvements to your system might not be the best fix if:
Your AC unit or heat pump is 10 years old or more. It is likely that you will benefit from a new unit with greater energy savings and decreased repairs.
Your furnace is older than 15 years. Although these units can run well for many more years, often the cost of operation can be significantly higher than if you replaced your unit with a more energy efficient model.
You find your equipment needing regular repairs. There could be quality concerns with your system and this could be costing you dearly. The upfront expense of a new unit could end up saving you more in the long run.