Proactive vs. Reactive HVAC Replacement?
Aging HVAC equipment runs inefficiently and can break down at the most inopportune time, forcing unbudgeted replacements or expensive repairs. Therefore, the age-old question of “repair or replace?” is a common dilemma to which, luckily, there is a useful methodology. While a repair may cost less at the time, a replacement will have greater savings in the long run. When trying to decide make sure to factor each of these areas of concern and value:
- Calculate time spent on maintenance. When calculating the cost of repairs versus replacement, consider the history of the equipment.
- Consider the hours/money spent on emergency repair. As mentioned earlier, equipment failures always seem to happen at the most inopportune time—whether that’s when it’s extremely hot out, at the end of the day, or on a holiday or weekend.
- Revisit energy bills. Older equipment operates at a much lower efficiency than that of new equipment.
- Understand the environmental impact. R22 refrigerant is no longer in production and with reserves depleting, costs are skyrocketing.
Taking control of your strategy means saving money and peace of mind. Give Chappel’s a call to schedule a time with one of our consultants. We can help you calculate your current costs which can help you avoid one-off repairs and plan a proactive strategy for replacing equipment that is draining funds and causing you to lose sleep.