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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Should I Repair Or Replace My Furnace?

by Jamie Shaw

As summer is coming to an end and most parts of the country are starting to experience slightly cooler weather, it's a great time to consider the state of your furnace. Though few people ever take the time to consider how well their heating installation is working, everyone notices it when it decides to go out. When you call your HVAC tech to schedule a furnace repair service, you may be wondering if you should pay to have it fixed, or just replace it altogether.

Springing for a brand new furnace installation can be expensive; fortunately, furnaces generally last between 20-30 years, so it should be a decision you only need to make once or twice in your life. If you're trying to decide between a simple furnace repair job or a brand new heating installation, here are a few questions you should ask yourself.

How Old is the Unit?

As mentioned before, furnaces can last a really long time. Unfortunately, as they get older, you can expect more and more service calls to fix the issues that plague every system as it ages. Broken heating elements, problems with the energy source, a broken blower - all of these problems (and more) will not only become more frequent, but also more expensive as time goes on. In the beginning, you may only need to schedule a heating service once every few years, but if you find yourself scheduling one every year, call an HVAC tech to schedule a replacement.

How Costly are the Repairs?

Not every furnace repair job is equal. Some may have minor fixes - like a tripped breaker or a pilot light that has gone out, while others can be more severe. When scheduling your furnace repair, it's a good idea to consider the cost of the repair before signing off on the service. A good rule of thumb to consider when deciding between furnace repair and a brand new furnace installation is this: If the cost of the repairs are more than 50% of the cost of a new one, replace it entirely. Not only will it save you more money on potential repairs, but you'll also have a brand new warranty that will give you peace of mind.

Are You Wanting to Upgrade?

You may not find it hard to believe, but heating technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 10-20 years. Not only are they more efficient, but that efficiency translates to better energy savings, which means more money stays in your pocket. If you know that your furnace is costing you money every month, consider a whole new furnace installation to take advantage of newer technology.