Is It Time for an HVAC Repair or Replacement?
When your HVAC system goes on the fritz, it can cause a lot of stress for you as a homeowner. Can it be repaired, will it be expensive, who will handle the work; all questions that may race through your mind. Don’t allow HVAC issues to stress you out! At Total Air & Heat, our specialists are more than well-versed in handling any issues that may arise with your system.
We have the tools, experience and knowledge needed to ensure you get the service you need most, when you need it. But the question of the day still remains: Will you need repairs or a replacement? There are quite a few determining factors at play here, and we’ve built a little light reading to help you find out which option is best for your Dallas home!
What is the SEER Rating, and Why is it Important?
Without getting too complex, you can equate the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of your HVAC system to MPG in your vehicle. The higher the rating, the better the energy efficiency. The SEER rating is not the beat all for determining if an HVAC system is right for your home, but it’s a very solid baseline.
Why is this important? Primarily because if you’re the owner of an older unit, with a considerably lower average SEER rating than most operating units on the market, you should definitely consider replacement. Most units installed before 1992 are between 6-8 SEER, a whopping sixty percent less efficient than a current 18 SEER.
When Is it Time to Replace?
With that information, we can move on to whether you should seek a simple repair, or a full replacement. Consider the following factors when deciding if replacement is the better option:
- Age. As we mentioned previously, older systems boast critically low SEER ratings, meaning you’re paying much more for your comfort than you should be. Additionally, as systems age they begin to lose efficiency, and repair becomes more and more frequent. As a general rule, a system older than eight years of age should be replaced if possible.
- Critical part failure. Parts that are integral to your system, such as the compressor or coil, may necessitate replacement if your warranty is up. Beyond the warranty, replacing these parts can be hugely expensive, and you’ll do better with a new system instead of attempting to replace only the part.
- Increased frequency of repair. If your system requires repair annually, bi-annually or even more often, you’re better of with a replacement hands-down. Repair is to be expected on occasion, but at that frequency you’re bleeding money, and repair is the ineffective choice.
- Ineffective heating and cooling. If your system doesn’t provide the comfort you are looking for, consider replacing the unit, or speaking with a professional about your options. There’s a good chance your unit is under (or over) sized, or is simply too weak to supply the heating and cooling you desire.
- R-22 leaks. If your HVAC system requires R-22 (Chlorodifluoromethane), also known as freon, and a leak occurs, it is smarter and cheaper to simply have the system replaced.
How Can I Avoid Frequent Repairs?
Our experts would urge you to consider a Maintenance Agreement Plan (Avoid one-time maintenance deals!) to reduce or even remove frequent repair issues. More than half of the repairs we deal with on a daily basis could be prevented with regular maintenance. Take care of your HVAC system in Dallas, and it will take care of you!
Contact Total Air & Heat for an HVAC System Repair or Replacement in the Dallas & Plano Area
When considering an HVAC repair or replacement, it’s best to factor in your monthly bills, how old your existing furnace is, and how reliable it is. If it’s obvious your furnace is at the end of its life, save yourself the hassle of paying for continuous repairs and go ahead and get a furnace replacement—you’ll have to eventually get one anyway, and the sooner you do, the more money you’ll save!