Broken A/C? UGH. We know. The big question is – when is it time to replace your unit versus making repair after (expensive) repair? We’ve got a handy infographic for you that breaks down all the considerations:
How Old Is Your HVAC?
A typical residential HVAC system usually lasts 10+ years. A really well-maintained system may last up to 20 years. If your system is still using R-22 (aka Freon) or has been operating longer than rail service between Leander and downtown, it’s time to think about replacing it.
What Condition is Your HVAC In?
If your outdoor condensing coil is a little dirty, but the system is still working fine and the ductwork is in good shape, now is probably a good time for some scheduled HVAC maintenance. However, if the ductwork is more duct tape than sheet metal and the compressor stopped working last summer, it may be time for a replacement.
How Much Will It Cost to Repair Your HVAC?
How much was the repair quote? If the cost to repair your HVAC system is less than 25% of the cost of a new system, consider doing the repair. But if it’s more expensive, a new unit would be the better choice. At DTC, we believe that cost should never stand in the way of comfort. In addition to fiercely competitive pricing, we are pleased to offer financing through Synchrony Financial. We can also help you navigate the world of rebates offered by local utilities, municipalities, and other sources. And, as always, we can provide you with a quick estimate so you can make the decision between repair or replace.
What is the Efficiency Rating of Your HVAC?
What is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of your HVAC system? It should be noted on the little manufacturer’s nameplate on the side or your outdoor unit. If it is lower than 14 SEER, consider upgrading. Newer HVAC systems boast efficiencies of 26 SEER and higher! For comparison, a 26 SEER system will keep the same space as cool as a 13 SEER system while using half of the energy. How would you like to cut your energy usage in half? Those energy savings can pay for the cost of a new system in almost no time.
How Often Are You Calling for HVAC Repairs?
If your system is relatively new and is working fine, we recommend setting up a scheduled maintenance plan. But, if you have had to call an HVAC repair specialist with any frequency (more than twice in 10 years), you know that it may be cheaper to just replace your HVAC system. Combined with energy savings the cost to replace your home’s HVAC system may be equal to just a few of those emergency repair calls.
Is Your HVAC Keeping You Comfortable?
If your house is too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter despite weather proofing and other conservation measures, it may be time to replace your HVAC system. Changing windows, upgrading insulation, addition of new-fangled electronics that did not exist when your home was built can all affect the heating and cooling requirements of your home. So if you’ve made any changes to the exterior or interior of your home, you may also consider replacing your HVAC system.
Call DTC for HVAC Repair or Replacement
If your system is fairly new, working well, and just needs a little TLC, give us a call for a repair or scheduled maintenance. If your system is old, in poor condition, and not keeping your home comfortable, it’s time to think about replacing it. Whether it is time for repair or replacement, DTC has your back. Just click here to contact us.
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