Should You Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?
Winter is the worst time for something to go wrong with your heating and cooling system. When it happens, you can feel like you’re out in the cold in more than one way. Should you invest in a totally new heating and cooling system, or just have your current HVAC system repaired? Knowing for sure can leave you feeling confused and frustrated.
Here are a few tips for determining the right thing to do when your heat starts acting up when the temperatures drop down low:
Consider the Cost
Most people think that repairing your HVAC system will be cheaper than replacing it in all circumstances. However, if your system if more than a decade old, this may not be the case.
As your HVAC system ages, maintenance and repair costs will add up. To keep them from piling up for years to come, consider replacing your system if it would be more cost-effective to do so.
If It Isn’t Broken…
On the flip side, newer systems may not require much more than a tune-up to remain viable. Don’t jump straight to replacement just because your system is misbehaving. Talk to an expert to find out more about your specific situation.
When you’re looking to cut costs on an ongoing basis, consider upgrading or entirely replacing your HVAC system for a more energy-efficient and greener option.
Replacement systems will typically come with new product warranties, which will cover any repairs in the coming years and reduce those costs.
If you find that you must replace your HVAC system, some situations may deliver a tax incentive for doing so. Be sure to document your repairs or replacement and to consult both your HVAC professional and a tax preparation pro to learn more.
If you’re still not sure if repair or replacement would be better for your home’s heating and cooling system, contact the experts here at Same Day Service Plumbing. We can help you determine the right course of action for keeping your home warm this winter and comfortable all year long in the coming years.
Inspection, Cleaning, Maintenance and System Checks for Your Heating System
Winter is just around the corner. Have you taken adequate measures to ensure your heating system is running smoothly? It’s important to periodically system check to keep it operating efficiently. “The Law of Moving Parts” states “that moving parts someday will wear out, and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible time, leaving you in the cold without heat. If you choose to ignore your heating system check up, it may unfortunately lead to major equipment breakdowns, especially during cold snaps. This can bring in much discomfort and inconvenience to your family when your home needs heating the most.
Why Is a Heating System Check Critical?
It is well-worth getting a timely inspection and system check done for your heating system to extend equipment life, save energy and protect your family from potential health risks.
Many HVAC experts say that up to 75 percent of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Not being proactive, many homeowners neglect maintaining and tuning their heating system, and as a result end up spending on costly repairs for sudden HVAC unit malfunctions, stoppages or technical snags. Lack of routine system checks can also be a health hazard. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks (colorless and odorless) that cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. An estimated 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of carbon monoxide exposure and residential fires.
How Frequently Do You Need a Heating System Check?
HVAC experts recommend an annual professional heating system check to ensure it keeps running efficiently during the colder months.
All HVAC manufacturers recommend a system check twice a year, once for heating in Autumn and once for cooling in the Spring.
The most important aspect of an indoor or outdoor HVAC unit maintenance is keeping the airflow through filters, heat exchangers and coils free from any blockages like dust, dirt, and debris. Many also recommend changing the filter regularly, depending on the type of filter installed in your system. Disposable filters should be replaced once a month and washable filters be cleaned once a month.
Regular filter replacement helps your heating system operate at optimum levels and improve indoor air quality by keeping your home free from dust, allergens and germs. Service Technicians from professional HVAC companies such as Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, will recommend ideal filters, and cleaning and replacement schedules for your unit that can eliminate most common repair problems and significantly reduce the probability of a serious breakdown. This maintenance regime alone, if met regularly, will ensure optimum efficiency and effectiveness of your system.
If you are looking for a professional system check for your heating system or are experiencing any heating problems that need service, Contact Us today or call us at: 1-888-937-3350.