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If you’re like the most of us, you probably don’t think about your Houston HVAC system until there is a problem with it, and at that point it’s almost impossible to ignore. So what do you do?
Maybe you have already called a Houston heating and air conditioning service technician and been told your unit is in need of service. Now you’re looking at the estimate to fix it and wondering should I repair my unit or replace it? It’s not an easy decision to make. Here are a few tips to take in consideration that will help you thru the process.
Age of your system
- The average life expectancy of an air conditioner or heat pump is 10-12 years.
- The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years.
- If your unit is nearing the expectancy you’ll need to weigh the repair cost against the possibility that more repairs may be needed very soon or even a complete replacement
- Equipment that is approaching the end of its life expectancy will typically be much less energy efficient than today’s equipment, for example 8 - 10 seer on the cooling side, and 68% AFUE for a furnace. Compare that to modern products that rate as high as 18 SEER and 95% AFUE. Be sure to consider the savings on your monthly energy bills when considering a new unit.
- Energy cost (gas, oil, electricity) have risen significantly in the last decade and will most likely continue to do so. Consider the energy consumption of your unit and potential savings over its life time.
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