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3 Reasons to Upgrade Your HVAC Unit

When you’re a homeowner, you depend on having a well-functioning HVAC unit. It’s the kind of thing that you don’t pay much attention to until it malfunctions, leaving your home sweltering and your wallet hurting.

While we specialize in keeping our customers’ systems running properly—through our same-day visits and stellar maintenance plans—there are times when it becomes obvious that a customer needs to consider upgrading their unit. Here are three of those biggest tell-tale signs:

Constant Mechanical Issues

Does your system seem to break down every year? You may have the best mechanics in the world, but the cost of constantly repairing your unit will eventually add up to what you would have spent on a brand new unit if you’d made the upgrade years ago.

Increased Energy Efficiency

If you can hear your rusty old unit starting up from inside the house, then you’re probably spending way too much money on your energy bills. When you invest in a new, energy-efficient HVAC unit, you’ll be amazed to see how your energy bills get lower each month! While there may be some initial sticker shock—and there my not be! See our next point—we almost always find that our customers are pleased to see how much money they save once they make an upgrade.

Affordability

Between Bryant Rebate Season and our flexible financing options, we always have a cost-lowering solution for our customers. We really believe in the Bryant products that we sell, and if it seems like the best option for your home, we may recommend that you make an upgrade. But we won’t stop there. We’ll make every effort to make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck! We’ll direct you towards the unit that should carry you through the next few decades.

If your unit is pointing you to any one of these reasons to upgrade, go ahead and give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to inspect your unit today!

Can Dirty Air Filters Cause A House Fire?

The simple answer? Yes.

It’s one of the main reasons that we constantly remind our customers to change their air filters. Dirty air filters not only negatively impact your home’s air quality, but they also inhibit your system’s ability to perform. If you’ve allowed your air filters to get severely clogged, you could be blocking air flow completely. This will result in your furnace working too hard—yes, even in the spring and summer months, your furnace works hard to keep your air cool—and can eventually cause system failure.

Even worse than system failure—which could cost you thousands in either repair or replacement costs—is an overheated motor. An overheated motor can start a domino effect of bad reactions. Does your furnace have faulty wiring? If so, the overheated motor (or a rise in voltage) could spark a fire. Are there flammable objects around your furnace? Those could also catch fire. Trust us—there are lots of opportunities for things to go terribly wrong, but that’s what our experts look out for on our regular maintenance visits.

Another way a fire could start? When your furnace is working hard to pull air through, the dirty air filter could eventually get sucked back into the system. When this happens, air flow is compromised and you’re at serious risk of a fire starting at the furnace level. And, bad news, the smoke from the fire will travel through your ventilation system quite easily.

We don’t mean to scare you. We only mean to remind you that your home is running on a sophisticated system, and that system needs to be maintained regularly. The cheapest and easiest way you can do that is to keep those air filters clean!

If you’d like a thorough inspection of your home’s unit, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to your house today!

HVAC System Replacement: FAQ

When you invest in a top-notch heating and cooling system, you expect it to serve your family well for a very, very long time.

Eventually, however, you have to notice the signs that it’s time to replace your unit.

Here are the questions that we’re usually asked when a client is looking into replacing their system:  

When do I know it’s time?

The number one sign is usually when your home’s vents either stop blowing cool air or stop blowing air at all. You’d hate to get to that point!

Here is EnergyStar’s official list of recommendations for when it’s time to replace your unit, but keep in mind that every unit and home is different!

Your home may be in need of new insulation or you may just be experiencing some consequences of poor maintenance. Be sure that you need a replacement before jumping the gun.

Call in an expert to hear their recommendation!

How can I extend the lifetime of my current system?

We tell our customers to schedule regular maintenance on their systems because that is the surest way to keep your system healthy. Don’t wait until things break down before you investigate the mechanics of your system.

If you take care to pay attention to it at the beginning and end of every season change, the likelihood that you’ll experience a breakdown is much, much lower.

What’s the benefit of replacing my not-dead-yet unit?  

While systems often perform well beyond their expected lifespan, sometimes it’s not wise to stretch the life of a unit just to save on replacement costs.

This is especially true if your unit has been performing poorly for some time, because you’ve probably been spending way more than necessary on your utility bills and on small repairs.

We love this rule of thumb: “You take the age of the equipment and multiply that by the repair cost. If the number is more than $5,000, then you should consider replacement.

For example, a 10-year-old unit with a $350 repair equals $3,500. It’s OK to repair.”

I’m not financially ready to replace. Do you offer financing?

Yes, we do!

If you’re ready to make the move, consider these questions when choosing your new system. Not sure yet? We’re happy to give you a professional consultation.

Give us a call so that we can get you on the right track today.