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Repair or Replace

Has Your HVAC System Broken Down? When to Repair vs Replace  

Repair or Replace

It happens. Air conditioning units don’t last forever and over time they can break down and stop working the way they should. We’re here to help and part of helping is letting you make the best decision you can. We never try to make unnecessary sales and if it makes sense to repair a unit, we’re more than happy to do the work.

There are many reasons why you may not want to replace your system, and we understand. Cost and downtime are important factors but sometimes you get to a point where you are throwing good money after bad. What should you know about your HVAC system when trying to decide whether to replace it or repair it?

How Old Is It?

Unfortunately HVAC systems don’t last forever. The expected lifespan of a system is ten to fifteen years and if you’ve lost track of time that means that if you have a system that was installed before 2009, then there is a chance it is time to get a new one.  If your unit is over 10 years old and it is starting to break down more frequently, this is the time that we will discuss new models with you.

How expensive is the repair?

At a certain point, costs to repair become more expensive than the value you get for the repair. What is that price point? An unwritten rule is that if the repair parts cost over $1000 then it is time to consider replacement. Consider past repairs on the unit. Are the costs adding up year after year? Are you throwing good money after bad?

Is the repair for a permanent part or simply maintenance?

The nature of the repair is another consideration. Is the repair just a bandaid, like adding refrigerant because there is a small leak somewhere that is letting it escape? Is it something permanent like a motor replacement?

Repair work that needs to be done repeatedly is a sign that your system is could continue seeing failure as other parts begin to break down. If component parts of the system are replaced and other connected parts of that system then fail, it may be time to replace the full unit.

Energy Efficiency

In the last ten years, systems are becoming more and more efficient all the time. Newer systems will always be more efficient than the original if it is 4 years or older, but there is another metric you can check against new models. The Efficiency of unit has a rating called SEER.  SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency Ratio”.

What rating is considered inefficient today? A 12 SEER or lower is inefficient and units with these ratings should be considered for replacement.

Refrigerant Leaks and Type of Refrigerant

Refrigerant leaks are like leaks in your tire. They do not go away and if they are not tracked to the source and repaired, treating the symptom and not the cause will guarantee it comes back. Leaks need to be corrected through repair or replacement.

A final consideration is the TYPE of refrigerant your system uses. R22 refrigerant is phasing out in 2020. If your system runs on R22 then it is worth considering a replacement to get away from it. It won’t cause your system to fail, but the cost to repair will become higher and higher as supplies become harder to source.

 

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Home Allergies

Allergies Giving You Trouble? Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner 

Home Allergies

More than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach droppings can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in millions of allergy sufferers. In fact, a survey published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least six allergens were detectable in more than more than 50 percent of homes. Carried in through the air, allergens can be found on furniture, floors, and other surfaces around the house. While no home can be completely allergen-free, a whole-home air cleaner can be EXTREMELY effective at removing allergens.

Allergens collect in pillows, mattresses, duvets, upholstery and carpets and your standard air filter is limited by the size of the filter pores. HVAC air filters are important for removing contaminants from the air to improve your home’s air quality. The better the air quality, the better your HVAC system runs and the better your family’s health. Standard filters are very dense, and they stop dust by trapping it in a porous filter. “Pressure drop” is caused when a filter’s porous material is too small to allow for proper airflow in the system.

The way to beat that is by having the finest filter materials in a separate unit called an electronic air cleaner.

Small Particles, Large Effects

Trane CleanEffects for Allergy Problems

The Trane CleanEffects Air Purifier can help with your seasonal allergies.

Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. An effective Trane air cleaner, such as Trane CleanEffects™, can reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.

Patented Innovation

The Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner utilizes patented, breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter. It catches particles as small as .1 micron, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.

It is able to remove of up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from your filtered indoor air. It removes particles as small as .1 microns – 1/1,000th the diameter of a human hair – a size that eludes most air cleaners.

No Replacement Filters To Buy

Maintenance is as simple as looking at Cleaning indicators easily visible on the outside of the unit. Cleaning the filters requires you to just vacuum or rinse them once every 3 to 9 months (depending on usage).

If you’re interested in having the best air quality for your home, or concerns about your families allergies, give us a call at 817-488-6733 and schedule a consultation. Trane Clean Effects systems are the premier whole-home air cleaning solutions.

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THUMD Power Humidifier

Winter Air Making Your House Uncomfortably Dry? Advantages of a Whole House Humidifier

THUMD Power Humidifier

THUMD Power Humidifier

Winter has come and with the weather comes winter colds, flu, and respiratory infections.  Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather.  A dry, scratchy throat is a common symptom — especially during the cold winter months when the air is dry and upper respiratory infections are spreading. One of the reasons that these illnesses are so prevalent in winter is because they thrive in a low-humidity environment.

You’re likely familiar with how drastic a dry-heat is from a humid heat but may not recognize how much a role humidity plays in winter comfort levels as well. Low humidity levels make your home feel colder, dry out your skin and make it easier to spread contagions. These conditions can also damage your home, and by correcting the condition with a whole house humidifier, you can protect your property and your loved ones.

A Whole House Humidifier is Not a Portable Humidifier

You have probably seen the portable humidifiers that plug into the wall and spray a mist into the room. These are able to control at best, one room at a time. They require frequent maintenance as the water can become a bacteria breeding ground. The water needs to be regularly changed and the machine cleaned.

A whole house humidifier is installed directly into your ductwork. These systems use the same ductwork that your central heating system uses. This allows the unit to deliver safe and appropriate humidity to the entire home. When your furnace cycles and heats the air in your home, that air is also humidified.

The maintenance is generally about as complicated as replacing the humidifier pad or filter once per year. If you have a steam unit, it just needs to be cleaned annually.

There is also a humidistat that allows you to dial in the preferred level of humidity.

Health and Comfort – What else?

Humidity also protects hardwood floors and furniture from damage. A dry environment can cause hardwood floors to dry out and crack. A more humid environment can make furniture last longer in the same condition as well. It also allows you to turn down your thermostat, reducing heating costs because a properly humidified home feels warmer than a cold dry one. As a long term investment, it saves you money and is a better way to provide health and comfort to your family versus portable units.

The cost of running them should only add a few pennies to your water bill.

Give us a call at 817-488-6733 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options if you’re finding yourself with an uncomfortably dry throat this season.

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