There’s so much information out there about heating and cooling systems that it can seem overwhelming trying to figure out if you should repair or replace. We’ve got some hints and tips to help you start out on the right foot.
· Trust your HVAC contractor – Most people have a contractor who they trust, but how do you tell the good from the bad? There are plenty of great contractors in Ventura and Santa Barbara, so go with someone who makes you feel comfortable and unpressured! When in doubt, see the permit and get a second opinion to make sure. A respectable contractor won’t mind, and you can rest at ease knowing you’re not getting an unfair deal.
· How old is your system? – HVAC systems have come on leaps and bounds in the past few years, and often the older models can cost more in maintainable repair and running costs. If parts are out of production, you can end up paying more for replacements then you would for a new unit. Thanks to a recent regulation change, HVAC systems produced after 2010 are also more eco-friendly—an important consideration on whether to repair or replace that unit that’s getting on in years.
· Look at the seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) – The SEER standard for HVAC systems gets higher as technology improves. While today’s minimum is 13, many older types of systems have a SEER of 6, which can mean massive savings on energy costs. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, replacing could be the way to go.
· Possible financial incentives – To encourage homes to be more energy efficient, many power companies offer rebates for the replacement of old systems. This can be up to $350, so it’s definitely worth asking!
If you’re concerned about whether you need to repair or replace, or for other home comfort issues, contact Pacific Aire. We’re proud to serve homeowners throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara.
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