HVAC Systems In The Bay Area – Repair or Replace?

When your air conditioner goes “on the blink,” is it time to repair or replace? Naturally, homeowners want to save as much money as possible, especially in tough economic times like these. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we specialize in air conditioner repair in the Bay Area, as well as new installation. We know that these decisions can be tough for homeowners. If you have your HVAC system repaired, how long will it last? Would it be more cost effective over the long-term to simply have a new system installed?

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether you should have your air conditioner repaired, or if it may be time to replace it.

Do you experience hot and cool spots in your home? Homeowners often find that certain rooms are noticeably cooler or hotter than others. If this is the case, it could be serious – your HVAC system could potentially be headed for a break down.

Does your system seem to work particularly hard to keep it comfortable in your home? If your air conditioner or heater tends to run for what seems too long to keep the air temperature comfortable, it could indicate trouble. Most systems last on average 15 years, but this varies greatly depending upon the average temperatures in a geographical area. In the Bay Area, summertime highs average about 70 to 80 degrees, which shouldn’t be a “heavy load” on your system. It may be time to have a new unit installed.

What is the age of your HVAC system? Generally speaking, a system that’s older than 10 years isn’t as efficient as the systems that are offered today. You can save a substantial amount of money on energy costs each month by having a high-efficiency system installed. In fact, you may save as much as 30% on your annual energy costs by having an Energy Star unit installed.

If you’re still unsure whether you need air conditioner repair, or whether it could be more beneficial to have a new system installed, contact the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning. We keep you comfortable, and help you save money!