HVAC Installation & Repair for Homeowners
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) units are typically among the largest and most expensive units in a home. With that terrain comes the necessity to get yourself educated in terms of proper maintenance, what could go wrong when things do go wrong, and what is involved in a new installation. When you are considering installing or repairing an HVAC unit you need to bring in a technician who knows not only about the different strategies and units that are available, but also who understands the fine print as it relates to insurance coverage procedures and commerce agreements. When an HVAC company repairs or installs a new unit, safety practices and quality of their work should be priority. Signs of a great of air conditioning & heating installers are:
- Cost effective
- Consistent and recent positive reviews (Yelp, Google, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, Facebook)
- Quality work
- Leaving a home in better condition than when they entered
Repair or Replace?
When your heating and/or air conditioning unit starts acting up, you may be wondering if the unit can be repaired or if it just needs to be replaced. Consider the following questions when you begin to get quotes from technicians.
- First, how old is the unit? – No matter how well built the machine is, time takes a toll on them. The general rule of thumb is what HVAC techs call ‘the 5,000 rule.’ You take the age of your unit and multiple that by the cost of the repair. If the total is more than 5,000, you are probably better off replacing it.
- Consider your energy bills – Newer units are much more energy efficient, making use of things like variable power. If you live in an area where you run your unit regularly, consider how much energy can be saved with a newer unit. No matter how hard the sell is, savings usually only start making sense after a couple of years. Although you should see initial monthly savings in your utility bills depending on the age of the previous system, keep in mind how long you anticipate staying in the home.
- How do you feel when it runs? – It’s not all about efficiency. Some old units are loud, inconsistent and hard to get to a comfortable temperature. If this is the case, you may want to upgrade even though the system is currently in working order. Depending on where you live, some people consider air conditioning a luxury and others a necessity. Having a properly running furnace is crucial is most areas. If you’d like to improve the cooling and heating in your house, upgrading your cooling and/or cooling is they way to go.
The good news, if you do decide to repair your unit, in most cases repair costs typically are under $1000. Make sure you work with a licensed and reputable technician. Most companies offer a free quote. Taking advantage of having a professional in your home and will allow you to make an informed decision.