Replace or Repair?
If your home’s existing heating/cooling system is more than 12 years old, you could be on borrowed time. If you've ever experienced an issue with the operation or performance of your system, you’ve probably faced one of two options – either repair the source of the problem, or replace the system altogether. That’s why we have compiled a list of the most important factors that every homeowner should consider before deciding whether to repair or replace a problematic heating or cooling system.
When Considering a Major Repair:
- Major repairs can be costly, especially for older systems.
- A repaired system might perform “like new”, but there’s no guarantee that it will extend the life expectancy of the system.
- Even after a major repair, there is always the possibility of additional failures to other components on the same system.
- Not all refrigerant leaks are fixable. If that is the case, there would be a continuous need to add refrigerant to keep the system cooling your home.
The Benefits of Replacing instead of Repairing:
- Modern high-efficiency equipment is much cheaper to operate and can dramatically reduce energy consumption, in some cases by as much as 75%.
- Installing an indoor furnace/air handler which utilizes a variable speed blower can greatly increase your homes comfort level by removing up to 7 times the amount of humidity when paired with the proper controls.
- New systems come with peace of mind in knowing that any operational or performance issues will be covered under warranty.
- Many new systems are eligible for rebates from Manufacturers & Utility Companies. When coupled with State/Federal Tax Credits, these incentives can significantly offset the cost of a new product purchase
- Comfort, Comfort, Comfort. Modern technology and proper load calculation analysis will result in a properly designed HVAC system that is optimized for your home.
- New, more environmentally-friendly refrigerants have been adopted industry-wide. This means that the old R22 used in many systems over 12 years old is slowly being phased out, and will soon be very difficult and expensive to buy.
When Purchasing a new HVAC System, Remeber to Keep These in Mind:
- A quoted price that seems too good to be true. There is a reason that the price is too low. Either the equipment is sub par, or something is left out.
- Permits. If you have a new system installed that is not permitted and inspected by the local jurisdiction it could be of serious consequence to your home owners’ insurance policy.
- You want to hire trained professionals to install your new comfort system because there is a lot more value in a properly installed system than price alone.
The professionals at Charlotte Comfort Systems will gladly discuss all of your options with you, help you arrange for financing and guide you through the maze of possibilities to make your home a comfortable place to be!