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
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.
Recognize the Signs
If you notice these signs, call the PreFix team for a diagnostic visit
Increased Energy Bills
Frequent Breakdowns & Noise
Need help with your HVAC system?
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
*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.
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 Optimal indoor climate and lowest energy consumption
Ductless Mini Split Lowest cost to operate, excellent for small spaces
Heat Pump Uses renewable energy and qualifies for energy rebates