HVAC: Navigating the Sunset

Everything you need to know to plan for the retirement of your aging residential HVAC System.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize signs of aging
  • Decide when to repair vs replace
  • Select the right system
  • Finance a system replacement
  • Get the job completed properly

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As a Texas homeowner, you understand the importance of a reliable HVAC system, especially during the scorching summer months and freezing temperatures in the winter. 

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system begins to fail, you should have a plan to make quick decisions and keep your home and everyone inside comfortable. 

This guide is designed to help you navigate that process. 

HVAC systems have a typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years if properly maintained.

Recognize the Signs

If you notice these signs, call the PreFix team for a diagnostic visit

  • Increased Energy Bills
    Increased Energy Bills
  • Inconsistent Heating/Cooling
    Inconsistent Heating/Cooling
  • Frequent Breakdowns & Noise
    Frequent Breakdowns & Noise

Replacing your AC comes with a hefty price tag.

Consider alternatives like repairing or replacing parts of the system that have failed.

Repair vs. Replace

How PreFix decides which path to take when HVAC systems show signs of aging

Few Issues
Regular Issues
System has Failed
New to 10-year-old system
Use Warranty to Make Repairs*
10 to 15-year-old system
Start Planning
Consider Replacing
Replace Now
15-years or older system
Consider Replacing
Replace Now
Replace Now

*Reputable HVAC manufacturers should provide a 10 year parts warranty on the system's primary equipment. Labor warranties will vary based on the installing company.

PreFix recommends total system replacements for any system over ten years old due to limited warranties for partial replacements, such as replacing a condenser or a coil.

What does it cost to do nothing?

Older systems tend to be less energy efficient and can be difficult to repair due to a lack of available parts and antiquated technology.

Energy
Repairs
Annual Total
0-5 Year System
$375
<$150
$525
5-10 Year System
$400
$300
$700
10-15 Year System
$450
$600
$1050
15+ Year System
$500
$600
$1,100

Does your system use R-22?

R-22 is a refrigerant that is being phased out due to environmental concerns. When systems that use this refrigerant have leaks, the cost to homeowners can be enormous due to its scarcity - up to $200/lb.

Selecting Your Next System

New Technology = Greater Options

  • High Efficiency
    High Efficiency Optimal indoor climate and lowest energy consumption
  • Ductless Mini Split
    Ductless Mini Split Lowest cost to operate, excellent for small spaces
  • Heat Pump
    Heat Pump Uses renewable energy and qualifies for energy rebates

Most HVAC companies provide financing to those who qualify. Ask about 0% interest options or explore home equity loans with your mortgage lender.

Have more questions?