Is it time to replace your old climate control system?
If you have noticed a decline in the comfort of your home or business during extreme temperatures, you may be wondering if you should repair or replace. The cost of a new system can be significant. However, under certain circumstances, the cost of keeping your existing one running can be higher.
THE AGE OF YOUR SYSTEM IS CRUCIAL
New, professionally installed units typically come with a warranty. If your air conditioner begins malfunctioning during the first few years, check to see if it is still covered. If so, contact the warrant provider – typically the manufacturer, or the instillation service. They will determine, according to the terms of your contract, whether repair or replacement is appropriate. Never attempt to perform any repairs or modifications on an appliance under warranty. Unless you happen to be a certified professional, you will usually void your coverage. The average life expectancy of an air conditioning or HVAC unit is approximately 10-15 years, depending on the brand and model.
If your system is near the end of its life cycle, replacement is typically the most economical choice. At this point, parts are probably becoming worn, and the motor will be getting tired. Repairs are more likely to be serious, and frequent. Often parts for older systems are unavailable, or must be special ordered at additional cost. The most difficult decision comes when the system is neither new nor old. If it has passed the warranty period yet has not given you the promised years of service, there are several factors to consider:
• Has it received regular maintenance? Experts recommend routine maintenance and service be performed at least every twelve months. If this has not been done, you can expect a shorter lifespan of the system.
• Does it break down frequently? If costly repairs are a regular occurrence, you might be wasting your time, and money, keeping it going. There are a variety of things, including improper instillation or damage, that can cause early failure.
• Is it energy efficient? Dramatic advances have been made in the technology of environmentally friendly, cost effective cooling systems in recent years. Even if your air conditioner was top of the line five years age, newly model may be three times as energy efficient. The savings on your utility bill can pay for the expense of a new system within a few years.
• What will it cost for repairs? If you the repair service quote seems high, inquire about the cost of a new unit. If the cost of repairing is one third or more the cost of replacing, you will probably lose money in the long-term by choosing to repair.
Whether you decide to repair or replace, don’t delay. Continuing use of a malfunctioning system may pose a fire hazard, and almost certainly raises your utility bills in addition to running the risk of a sudden and complete system failure.
If you are unsure about the condition of your system, or the practicality of repairing it ask the professionals at Sub Zero Climate Control. A qualified service engineer can accurately evaluate your current system, and the climate control needs of your home. All engineers at Sub Zero Climate Control are skilled, experienced, and F-Gas certified. Call or email us today for a free quotation.
Posted in: Latest News - On: 9th of February, 2012