So, there are several questions one in the Chattanooga Area must ask themselves prior to making the decision to buy a new Heat and Air-Conditioning unit or repair the one you have. This is obvious, right? No one, not even Bill Gates (well, maybe Bill Gates), goes out and makes expensive impulsive purchases without weighing the value of it.
The key word here, and it is mentioned above is VALUE. Value is different than cheap. Value is different than inexpensive. It does not suggest cheap. It does not suggest poor quality. It is a relative term that, based on the individual, one must consider on their own based on their circumstances. Value for one person is not Value to another, basically.
So, here is the question: How do you find Value?
Let’s establish two ground-rules:
1. HVAC Units only last, on average, 15 years
2. Heating and Air Companies want to sell you expensive things
Now let’s ask ourselves some questions:
1. How old is your unit?
2. How much have you sunk into it already?
3. How much longer do you plan to spend in your home?
4. Do I have realistic expectations?
5. Is it really an HVAC problem?
6. What is my budget?
7. Do I have a good feeling about my potential future purchase?
Ok, that is enough questions. Really, if you really want to simplify this, focus on the first question. That is the main one. How old is your unit? Also, reference the 1st ground rule. HVAC Systems last only about 15 years. If you think about this, you can make a good decision.
You would be making a non-valuable decision to replace a compressor which will cost $600-$1000 on a 15-year-old unit. This is because the likely hood of other components failing shortly after increase substantially with more time. So, you could, at the 15-year mark, be spending 1000s on an old unit that has poor efficiency with a plethora of other problems. When you should have just replaced it. Replacing it would have saved you time (money), repair costs, parts cost and efficiency (power bill).
On the flip side, if you have a unit that is 6 years old and the unit’s other main components are functioning very well, of course, replace the component.
HVAC units are a lot like cars. There are a lot of moving parts. It is inevitable that something is going to break at some point. The thing you have to consider is whether replacing or repairing has the real value.
We would love to be able to answer some of these questions for you. This is a big purchase. Choose someone that you trust. Locally owned and operated. Give us a call or visit our website: 423-710-4792 or www.indoorairsolutionsga.com