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Replacement v. Repair: What is The Best?

It seems there is no relief in sight from power bills that seem to go up every month. It gives pause to wonder if one of the reasons for this might be because of AC usage. It might be time for you to compare whether replacing or repairing your system would be best especially if it is no longer working at its best even though you have kept up with regular maintenance. If the system in your home or business is 10 years old or older, it may be smart to take each cost under consideration.

If some parts of your business or home are too warm or too cool than other parts, and you are concerned about strange noises coming from your system that can no longer be ignored, it might be time to give PHC Services a call. It is possible that the technician who installed your system did not size it correctly, or it might be that your duct system may have leaks, and it could also be possible there is a refrigerant leak, or it is running low all of which can cause your system to not operate at maximum efficiency.

What Should You do Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?

For a lot of people, the least costly way of getting your HVAC system going again is to just repair it rather than completely replacing it, but several other financial aspects also go along with repairing rather than replacing a unit. Because of this, you must take into consideration how these aspects stack up against replacing the system. Two of these aspects include the fact that the more modern the equipment is, the more efficient it will be and the less costly it will be in the long run with repairs and maintenance. Also it will be less costly to replenish a refrigerant that’s not being phased out by the EPA.

By replacing a HVAC system you will see other benefits such as lower power bills, and depending on where you live, you could also see rebates and tax incentives. If there are repairs, they will be less expensive, plus a new system will be under a warranty and it will not be as susceptible to leaks and malfunctioning leaving you in an uncomfortable situation.

Refrigerant Regulations From the EPA

The EPA is also known as the Environmental Protection Agency and among other things, it regulates the sale and importation as well as how people produce R22, which is the refrigerant that has been the most used in the United States. It is the future plan of the EPA to decrease drastically how much R22 is imported into the US from 55 million pounds that was brought in in 2012 to 39.5 million pounds in 2013. Also known as Freon, R22 will begin to become scarce, so for people who still use this, you can expect the price to become very high when it comes time to replace your AC’s leaking refrigerant.

The High Price of Refrigerant

For people who have HVAC systems that use R22 refrigerant will have to pay much more to replenish this as it becomes more and more scarce. One reason the EPA is taking steps to phase R22 out is because it is very harmful to our environment by doing serious damage to earth’s ozone layer, which is what protects us from the sun’s damaging radiation. If the evaporator coil in your older AC system gets so rusty that it breaks and starts leaking Freon refrigerant, or R22, you can expect a repair bill to just replace the refrigerant of over $300, whereas the newer systems will only cost you about $100. Just keeping the old refrigerant replenished could very well end up being the most expensive part of an AC repair cost.

Home or business owners who live or work in the Southern Utah area already know they can depend on the trained professionals at PHC Services to replace or repair their Heating and A/C systems efficiently and quickly. For decades our technicians have built up experience and are able to help people by keeping their systems working properly and efficiently. We are here when you need us to determine if you should replace your system or repair it. If you would like additional information or maybe make an appointment for a consultation about your HVAC system, please give us a call today.