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When to Repair Your HVAC System?

How to Decide When You Should Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit?

Your home HVAC system is a bit older and technologically less advanced, but it still works rather well.  Determining if you should continue repairing your system every time you encounter a problem or simply upgrade to a newer and more efficient model is not always an easy task. There are several key factors you should take into account before deciding, especially if you have a unit older than ten years. Consider the following options when making an informed decision, and we at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling will take care of your home, whatever you decide.

Does your unit have minor issues like broken ductwork, electrical problems or drain lines that show signs of clogging?

You can try fixing the smaller problems yourself, but handle them with care or leave that to the professionals. If you’re having problems with the major parts of your unit, like the blower motor, the compressor or the condenser coils, opt for replacing your unit.

How many repairs has your unit required, so far?

If you repaired your unit less than two times in the last ten years and it’s still working properly, you should wait before a new purchase. If this is your third major repair, start shopping for a new unit.

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For a more pleasant home, consider all the factors before deciding if you should upgrade or simply repair your old HVAC system.

How much would the repairs cost?

If your unit is still under warranty, or the repair costs add up to less than half of the cost of a new unit, proceed with the repairs. The costs of replacing important components like the condenser coils, the compressor or the blower motor might add up to more than 50 % of the cost of a new unit, meaning that it would be wiser to invest in a new system that would improve the efficiency of your entire HVAC system, and subsequently save you money.

Is your unit the right size?

If professionals installed an HVAC system that is in line with the size of your home, your unit should last longer and work more efficiently. An over-sized or an under-sized unit uses more energy because it needs to turn on and off more often, which leads to premature failure of the entire system. If you do not have the appropriate size unit, consult a professional and find a new option for your home.

Our team at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling will be glad to help, so contact us to request a consultation.

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Reasons to Use a Humidifier in Winter

Humidity is a major culprit for causing trouble in the summer, but a lack of humidity in the winter can come with its own problems. There are a lot of reasons why you should consider a humidifier in the winter that can benefit humans, pets, and even plants.

Skin

Any Colorado resident will tell you; winters are rough on the skin. Chapped lips, dry knuckles, and other symptoms start popping up, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Before you reach for the lotion, consider a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

Sinuses

When the air is too dry, your skin starts to dry out, and so does your respiratory system. Essentially, your nasal passages become dry and can’t protect as well against illnesses like colds and flu. Dry air makes you more susceptible to illness, and it can make it harder to fight off sickness once you contract it.

Plants

Research has shown that houseplants can help improve one’s mental state, as well as improve air quality. Not to mention, it offers a natural element of décor. Plants need sunlight and water to thrive, and part of how they get water is through the moisture in the air. Keep them happier and healthier with a humidifier.

Temperature

In the summer, too much humidity can make the temperature feel even hotter than it is. In the winter, let this principle work for you. More humidity raises the air temperature.

Protect the House

We’ve already mentioned how humidity is suitable for living things, but it’s also good for keeping a house stable. Wood, for example, can split and get damaged from a lack of moisture, and paint can potentially become brittle and crack. Essentially, everyone benefits from a home at a proper humidity.

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Contact the team at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to get answers to all of your humidifier questions. We can help you find the right unit for your home and have your home feeling comfortable in no time.

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3 Signs Your HVAC is On Its Way Out

HVAC units are always an investment, so it is important to maintain them for as long as possible. No one wants to have to go through the hassle of replacing their unit. However, there comes a time when it becomes more cost-effective to replace the unit than to keep doing repairs. If you aren’t sure if your HVAC unit is worth saving, this quick guide can help.

How to Tell if HVAC Services are Needed

There are several ways to notice if a unit needs servicing or replacing. The first is excess moisture forming on or around the unit. If an air conditioner is dripping, for example, it could be an indication that one or more of the internal components are damaged. Anytime the unit is making unusual noises, not working, or is excessively dirty or leaking, you should contact a professional to help you.

In most cases, professionals can fix the issue. A technician may recommend completely replacing the unit. Here are some reasons why replacing can be better than repair:

It’s Cost-Effective

Some units require lots of ongoing maintenance or extensive repairs. These expenses can add up very quickly. This makes investing in a new unit, as opposed to keeping an old unit, a much more attractive option.

Energy-Efficient Features

Older units may be repairable, but they won’t offer the best performance. Energy efficiency can help keep utility bills low and reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Identify your current usage and see how it compares to newer models.

Consistent Air Flow

Sometimes, after technicians make repairs, they don’t know how long a machine will work until it breaks again. This instance is common with older units that can easily become blocked. If you want a consistent home temperature and air flow, you need to invest in a reliable unit.

All Heating and Cooling Needs in One Place

If you aren’t sure if your home or office has the best HVAC unit available, contact Total Comfort Heating and Cooling. Our remarkable service includes everything from installations to repairs. We will be happy to provide you with an honest diagnosis of your system and suggestions on how to improve it. Contact us today to learn more!