If you are having problems with your HVAC system and it is not performing at its best, we have some tips to help you decide if repairs are the best solution or if its best to invest in a high efficiency system. We had the opportunity to chat with John Hillis, vice president of Casteel Heating and Cooling, about the importance of regular HVAC maintenance and how to decide if a new system is right for you.
HVAC maintenance to avoid emergency repairs
The most common cause of emergency repairs is when the home's air conditioning unit is not keeping the house comfortable during the hot Atlanta summer months. We asked Hillis about the type of repair calls that Casteel Heating and Cooling receives.
"The most common emergency repair call we receive is related to a customer's home not cooling well enough during the summer months," he said. In hot Atlanta, the air conditioning systems run 14, 16, 18 hours a day, and they do break down. On average, our heating and air conditioning systems run 2,500 hours a year, or five times more than a car. No one would delay an oil change in their car for 30,000, 40,000 or 50,000 miles, but that is exactly what many homeowners do with the HVAC systems.
"They need to be serviced at least once per year to prevent breakdown, emergency repairs and high utility bills. In the winter months, servicing your heating can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which causes headaches, nausea and breathing issues. If your system is old, chances are you'll save money by buying new."
Replacing Your HVAC system
The biggest trend that HVAC repair companies are seeing this year is the total replacement of existing HVAC systems. Because the economy has been so fragile, HVAC manufacturers and dealers are offering deeply discounted prices to stay competitive. Some even offer financing of a new system with payments over 84 months, allowing a homeowner to purchase a new system and make the payments with the money they save on utility bills alone. Many HVAC service companies are also offering great deals to keep their contractors busy.