At Howard Air, we receive a lot of questions from our customers about proper HVAC use and maintenance. Along with these common questions, we’re also asked about unit replacement. Many customers are more than willing to spend money on the best possible unit for their home or business, but many do not know if a replacement is truly needed and, if so, what brand to purchase.
Here is an overview of why and when an HVAC system should be replaced and picking the correct brand for your needs.
Why Replace An HVAC Unit?
Replacement of an HVAC unit is not a common event. Most systems last about 10 years, provided they were installed correctly. Sadly, we often see subpar work such as bad ductwork or improper unit installation which can reduce the life of a system. That is why we always endeavor to install a system right the first time.
Even with proper installation, sometimes it’s simply time for a unit to be replaced. This can be for several different reason, including:
- Age: it could very well be the system is just old and getting worn down. Older systems often require more frequent repairs and are not as efficient as they once were even when fully functional.
- Newer Systems Are More Efficient: inefficient systems cause your utility bills to increase. A more efficient system does not have to “kick on” as much to keep a building at the right temperature. This can greatly reduce utility bills in a and that savings can really add up over time.
- It Never Did Work Right: as previously noted some installations are done improperly. This results in systems that never cool or heat a property correctly. This can be a system that runs all the time or does not keep the building at a comfortable temperature.
There is no shortage of HVAC brands from which to choose. For many buyers this can be daunting as this is not a common purchase and they often lack information on what to buy. The important thing to know is that these numerous brands are made by only six different manufacturers. These manufacturers also use parts from the same suppliers. Climate control systems are highly specialized units and all are made to very strict standards. For the buyer, this means aside from very specific uncommon systems or high-end units, quality is relatively good across the board no matter what the brand name is.
The true secret to a good system installation is using a professional to install it. Here at Howard Air, we pride ourselves on the quality of the work we provide and our satisfied customers. We not only handle repair and upkeep, but also installations.
Part of choosing the best HVAC system is proper care and installation. You can buy the best system on the market but if it’s not taken care of properly, it won’t last as long as it should or function as efficiently. With regular maintenance and occasional minor repairs, your HVAC unit can last a very long time and perform well for the life of the unit. Contact Howard Air when you need expert AC and heating repair, maintenance, or installation.