Is it Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?

Is it Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?Your HVAC system works hard year-round, and while annual preventive maintenance can help prolong its life span, you’ll eventually face the decision of whether to repair or replace your equipment. Whatever you decide, make it an informed choice based on expert advice and your unique circumstances. Read on for a list of factors to consider before you place a call to your HVAC contractor.

Age

If your air conditioner or heat pump is over 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new, high-efficiency unit. In addition to saving up to 20 percent on your annual energy bill, you’ll be helping the environment, particularly when it comes to your A/C: As of 2010, all new A/Cs use R-410A refrigerant, which doesn’t deplete the ozone like its predecessor R-22.

Cost of Repair vs. New Equipment

Equipment may be repairable but consider the cost and age of your system before investing more money into the aging equipment and/or its problems.

Rising Costs

A rise in energy bills, inconsistent with fuel prices, signals a decrease in efficiency and points to replacement.

Discomfort

Rooms that are too hot or too cold can result from the following:

  • Improperly sized equipment. Have your contractor perform a Manual J load calculation to ensure proper sizing of your new system.
  • Incorrect operation
  • Duct issues
  • Insufficient insulation levels

Humidity Issues

Air that is too dry or too humid can be uncomfortable, cause health issues, and may damage your home or belongings. If your HVAC system is unable to control humidity levels, it may be due to:

  • Leaky ductwork
  • Incorrect operation
  • Inadequate equipment

If you’re faced with deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC system, or have any other HVAC concerns, call the experts at Amarillo Air Conditioning. For over 50 years, we’ve been providing quality service to homeowners in the Texas Panhandle area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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