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Repair or Replace?

Home Comfort SystemsIt’s a fact - all mechanical systems weren’t made to last forever. And one of the most difficult decisions any homeowner faces is whether to repair or replace an aging air conditioning and heating system.

Here are just a few things to consider about your outdated system:
  • Out of warranty means costly repairs
  • Inefficient operations waste energy - increasing your electric bill
  • Unbalanced airflow makes it harder to cool rooms
  • Constant on and off cycling is as noisy as it is an energy waster
  • Circulates as much dust around the house as air

Did you know that?
Of the hundreds of heating and air conditioning systems that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power examined:
  • 90 % of the units had some sort of energy-wasting problem
  • 50 % had an improper refrigerant charge resulting in wasted energy, as well as shortened equipment life
  • 40 % failed to meet minimum airflow requirements

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) - What is it?
Air conditioner efficiency is often rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is. When deciding whether to repair or replace, it’s important to factor in a comfort system’s SEER.

The costs of ownership
Depending on the type of home comfort system you have, the total annual costs to keep an older system can be substantial.

Details:3 Ton:4 Ton:5 Ton:
Electrical energy waste$ 3,223.00$ 4,294.00$ 5,370.00
Gas energy waste$ 1,117.00$ 1,505.00$ 1,882.00
Service repairs for aging equipment$ 2,091.00$ 2,423.00$ 2,642.00
Price increases in equipment over 5 years$ 1,224.00$ 1,632.00$ 2,040.00
Increased labor costs over 5 years$ 612.00$ 816.00$ 1,020.00
Total Extra Cost:$ 8,267.00$ 10,667.00$ 12,954.00

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(Comparisons based on existing older models: 6- S.E.E.R. vs. new 13-15 S.E.E.R and existing older models- with 60 % A.F.U.E. vs. 80-90 % A.F.U.E.)

The value of a new system
Replacing your home comfort system now will give you all the benefits of reliable, clean, healthy and comfortable indoor air. Even better, it will add up to $15,000 to the value of your home, while saving you an average of $10,000 in five years over the costs to run an older, inefficient system!

Learn more about cost savings
Still undecided whether or not you should repair or replace your cooling and heating system? Contact a cooling and heating specialists here. They’ll be happy to give you an evaluation and answer your comfort system questions.

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