A dilemma that homeowners sometimes face is whether to continue repairing old air conditioning and heating equipment or to take the leap and replace the system. A common reason why people postpone replacing old heating and cooling equipment is concern over the cost of a new system. However, if you’ve been putting off replacement of old equipment, you might be surprised to realize it’s often more economical to replace an old system than to continue paying for one repair after another.
HVAC Equipment Has a Limited Lifespan
Heating and cooling equipment like furnaces and air conditioners cannot be expected to last forever. If your system is properly maintained, you should reasonably expect it to last somewhere between 10 and 15 years. While an occasional repair here and there over the course of the equipment’s lifetime is normal, as it nears the end of its lifespan, that money is better spent on a new system.
Fewer Repair Calls
Newer AC/heating equipment is far less likely to break down, meaning you won’t be paying the price in money and convenience for a steady stream of fixes. While the cost of any single repair may not seem terribly expensive, over time, paying for constant fixes can really eat into your family’s budget. Plus, in the unlikely event you do need to fix a new HVAC system, many repairs might be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, with little to no out-of-pocket cost.
Saving Money on Heating and Cooling Costs
Today’s air conditioners and furnaces are much more energy-efficient than those manufactured a decade ago. For example, furnaces are now required to have a minimum AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 78%, while the most efficient have a rating between 90% and 97%. The minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating for air conditioners in Texas is 14, and the most energy-efficient models are as high as 20 SEER or more. Given these numbers, you should begin enjoying immediate saving on your home’s energy costs after installation of new AC/heating equipment.
The Inconvenience Factor
Besides the expense of constant HVAC repairs, frequent breakdowns can take a big toll on the peace of mind and comfort of your family. Although GVEC Home offers AC/heating repair, we’d rather your family enjoy the dependable comfort of a new system than suffer the discomfort and disruption of a breakdown, which in our experience, tend to happen at the most inconvenient times.
GVEC Home Can Help You Save Money
If you have been putting off replacing your home’s heating and cooling system over concern regarding cost, GVEC Home can help. We can provide a free, no-obligation quote on replacing old equipment. We also offer flexible financing options for qualified buyers, including on-bill financing for Cooperative members. We’re a Bryant® and Champion® dealer, and we’ve been serving the residents of South Central Texas for over 50 years. Call us today at 877.466.5506 for all your cooling and heating repairs, maintenance and installation needs.