The lifespan can also be significantly increased with a little preventative maintenance (the average lifespan is only 12 years). So don’t be like most people and ignore your HVAC system. Maintaining your HVAC system is just as necessary as remodeling your home.
How much is a replacement?
An older HVAC unit is like an older car. Once it gets more mileage, it will need more maintenance. A professional HVAC contractor will give you advice on which costs will be greater with your particular HVAC unit, repairs or replacement. If you have spent more than $1000 dollars on repairs, you could have used this money to buy a new unit. Too many people are making these mistakes! If your HVAC starts requiring maintenance repairs, it is very likely that the costs will only continue to keep adding up with no end in sight.
Never forget the importance of your HVAC unit; it keeps you comfortable all year, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Remodeling a home is an adventure in of itself that is full of learning experiences.
What is your Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio?
It is likely if your HVAC is outdated that it is costing you at least 1/3 more in efficiency costs than a new unit would. This is why buying a new unit will pay for itself over time. A remodeling project may expose issues with your HVAC that you weren’t aware of, which is why it’s important to start budgeting now for an HVAC replacement.
The Benefits of Ductless HVAC Systems:
So what is SEER rating? It is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is important to consider when choosing an efficient unit. The higher the rating, the lower the costs will be of operating it. This rating tells you about how much it will cost to operate your unit under normal circumstances. If you have a unit older than 15 years old, it won’t have the higher SEER rating that newer units have.
Conclusion: should I replace my HVAC when I remodel?
In conclusion, be sure to consult with an HVAC expert for your particular unit. If your system is over 15 years old, you should probably replace it and consider yourself lucky if you haven’t already spent a lot of money in repairs.