Heating and Cooling Service for Your Fort Walton Beach HomePublished on: September 7, 2012
Many of our Fort Walton Beach, FL customers ask whether they should repair or replace their heating and cooling systems. The answer depends upon a number of factors.
It is easier for most homeowners to make a decision when the system requires a major repair. If the cost to fix your heating and cooling system is minor, it is usually more economical to make the repairs. There is an exception to this rule. If your system requires several small repairs over a brief period, it may indicate that your system is on the verge of failing.
You should consider replacing your unit if it is more than 10 years old. The cost of maintaining and operating an older system can exceed the expense of replacing it with a new one. Older units require repair parts that may be harder to obtain. The government is phasing out at least one of the older refrigerants due to environmental concerns. These factors will increase the cost for maintaining older systems that provide heating and cooling. Newer models are also highly efficient and can help you save money on your monthly utilities. The lower maintenance cost and utility bills will offset the expense of the new system. The sooner that you replace your older unit, the sooner you can start saving money.
Other signs that homeowners should look for include excess dust, high humidity and excess noise. Another common issue is rooms that are too hot or too cold. These are signs that the ductwork may be leaking or the unit is improperly sized. They also indicate that your unit is working harder than it should. Leaky ducts lose air into unconditioned spaces and allow dust from attics and basements to enter the system. These particulates will eventually settle in your home. High humidity is a sign that the inside coils are not working properly. Loud noises can be a sign of impending failure or that the unit is not the correct size. Rooms that are not air conditioned properly could be a sign of a heating and cooling system that is inadequate for the job or that there is a problem with the ductwork. Some of these problems are inexpensive to correct while others may require the installation of a new unit.
One of our experienced service technicians can thoroughly inspect your heating and cooling system. A professional assessment will give you the information that you need to make the right decision. We can install new systems and repair every major brand currently on the market. If you have a newer system, you should schedule regular maintenance to keep your system operating at peak efficiency. Our local Fort Walton Beach technicians can alert you if they detect potential problems. Making minor repairs will protect your system and enables it to operate as it was designed to perform. You can also avoid a major repair bill later on. Contact our office if you need assistance evaluating your options.