Repair or Replace: How to Choose an HVAC System
by Guest Post on May 29, 2021
Your home's HVAC system has probably become a reliable part of your household. Whether you're cranking up the heat in the winter or sitting in the AC in the summer, you depend on that unit to keep your home comfortable. However, just like any appliances in your household, an HVAC unit may require some repairs or just an outright replacement. We'll take a look at when your unit may need a quick fix, and when it's time to invest in a new HVAC system.
If you notice noises emerging from your HVAC unit, it's likely being caused by a loose piece of equipment or something internal that has rusted over in the heating system. Homeowners may also be tipped off by burning odors, or the inability to reach the comfortable temperature that you're seeking. While an HVAC technician is easily accessible, you may want to consider how many times you've called a contractor to look at your heating and cooling unit. The age of the unit will also impact the effectiveness of a heating or AC unit in the long run.
A new HVAC system will save you on repair costs after initial installation and labor costs. Most HVAC systems usually last around 15 years, but newer units have been developed with greater lifespan provided regular maintenance is taken into account. Most HVAC companies will also encourage smarter energy use for a new system, like limiting the use of air conditioning or heating when no one is at home.
The real reason that repair costs surge is often because of a lack of preventive maintenance by homeowners and other building owners. HVAC professionals should be called upon at least once or twice a year to assess the overall health of the system. This will evaluate the energy efficiency of the system, and avoid any additional cost for sudden emergency repairs down the line. It's also important for homeowners to not invest in an oversized system that will cause it to cycle on and off, leading to excessive wear and tear of equipment and electric components.
Be sure to consult with an HVAC technician about the heating load of a unit to get the most efficient system for your household's needs. This will avoid labor costs in the long run for HVAC repair. These regular call-ups become part of a monitored workflow for contractors and their employees. They may rely on cloud-based time sheets, rather than the traditional card punch, to better monitor these appointments. With billable hours, timesheet entry becomes a breeze for employees and employers alike. This also assures timely invoices going out to homeowners for services rendered.
Energy Bill Surges
Have you noticed that your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air or that you're forced to crank the heat all the way up to get some warmth? You'll notice that your energy bills are higher than usual, even beyond seasonal impact. That could be because of dust clogging up your ductwork. Regular cleaning of filters and ducts can prevent this from happening and is often a quick fix repair. However, it could be a smart decision to look into units that rely on less energy but operate at full bore.
Homeowners may want to look into HVAC systems and other appliances with the Energy Star seal of approval. Energy Star is the stamp of approval from the United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding energy consumption. These appliances have led to immediate energy savings for homeowners, even with replacing an old HVAC unit. A new unit can provide an air conditioner that will have a lengthier lifespan and greater ease on your utility bills.
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