When it is time to pull the old unit off the roof and install something a little more up to date? The answer to this question varies based on each customer’s specific needs. However, there are a few common points to consider when evaluating whether to repair or replace a heating and air conditioning system.
1. When major repairs are diagnosed as being necessary. Examples of major repairs could be cracked heat exchangers, leaking condenser or evaporator coils, or bad compressors. If a system is under warranty, or still in good condition over all, then it may be acceptable to simply make the repair. To assess what the best decision is, the entire unit should be evaluated.
2. The age of a system also plays a critical role in this decision. In our experience most commercial units start to have an increase in mechanical issues between 10 and 12 years of age. This average life expectancy can be greatly affected depending on how well the unit was maintained, the specific application it served, and the environment around the system.
3. The laws are continually changing and manufactures are producing more efficient equipment to meet the new regulations. As an incentive to push consumers to purchase more environmentally conscious equipment, incentives are often offered by power companies. If there is an incentive available then it may be the opportune, and economically sound time to replace your HVAC equipment.
4. Energy prices are continually on the rise. As HVAC units become more efficient they consume less energy which helps reduce the cost of staying comfortable. Taking these savings into consideration, along with some of the other factors listed above, is a key factor in helping one make the decision whether or not to replace their older HVAC system.
5. Cost-Benefit of investing in costly repairs of an older system. Typ
ically, when addressing a major repair, as mentioned above, it is wise to consider the investment over a longer period of time. For example, even on a system that is between 6 years and 10 years old, the price of a compressor replacement could be around 35% of the total cost of replacing the entire system. Additionally, with an older system, there are no guarantees that the other components in the system that were not repaired are going to last through the next hea
ting/cooling season. The immediate benefits of replacing the entire system are renewal of Manufacturer warranty for the whole system, up-to-date technology, and compliance with current energy efficiency recommendations.
Every now and then Frigi-Temp Temperature Solutions gets to participate in reviving a piece of history in one of the communities it serves. The Boondocks is a one hundred year old structure that sat condemned until local business men brought it back to life. In its prime, the building was rich with purpose. At various points in its history it served as the town livery, an automotive shop, a bottling plant, the fire station, and as The Boondocks Auction house. Before being restored, it was vacant and in a state of decay for nearly 30 years. Frigi-Temp was excited to be a partner on this project and bring comfort cooling to this beautiful building while being careful not to impose upon its aesthetic, and historic appeal. The building re-opened last year as an events venue and is once again emerging as the hub of the community’s activity. Frigi-Temp worked with the property owners not only to construct a tasteful duct design, but also to build a mechanical system with energy efficiency in mind. Using a combination of heat pumps, natural gas furnaces, spray foam insulation, and wireless programmable thermostats, Frigi-Temp was successful in meeting all of this customers’ comfort expectations in an environmentally conscious way.