Faulty gas valves, burned-out fuse boxes, broken capacitors — these are just three of the reasons why you might need to repair your HVAC. Some problems, however, are just too big to fix. Here are five signs that it's time to replace your HVAC completely.
1. You Want to Increase the Price of Your Home
Research shows that HVAC units increase the value of your property. One expert believes that new heating, ventilation and air conditioning boosts home value by as much as 10 percent. Prospective homeowners often look for energy-efficient systems when they search for properties.
2. Your Home Is Too Humid
Inferior equipment, leaky ductwork and inadequate equipment operation could increase the humidity of the air in your home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. If your HVAC system doesn't produce consistent air flow throughout your property, consider upgrading to a brand new unit.
3. You Spend Way Too Much Money on Repairs
If you continuously need to fix your HVAC system, you might need to replace it. Regular AC servicing is expensive — broken fuses and circuit breakers cost, on average, between $50 and $200, while fixing a leak can set you back up to $1,500 — so it could work out more cost-effective to upgrade to a new unit.
4. Your HVAC Is Just Not Working Properly
Drafty home? Pricey utility bills? Airflow problems? It's probably time to upgrade your HVAC. If your current system doesn't heat or cool your home properly — and is too expensive to fix — invest in a new unit.
5. Your HVAC Unit Is Getting Old
Air conditioning units last an average of 12 years, furnaces 15 years and heat pumps 16 years. If the age of your HVAC unit is causing it to malfunction, hire a professional to rectify the problem. A brand new HVAC system provides you with plenty of environmental and cost-saving benefits.
These five signs suggest it's time to invest in a new HVAC system. Installing a new unit might require an initial outlay but could provide you with a long-term return on your investment. A. Borrelli specializes in new HVAC units in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and the New York City metro area. These local plumbers offer 24-hour emergency service seven days a week.