Things to know before replacing your HVAC system.


Nothing is less enjoyable than spending money when you “don’t have to”, but savvy commercial  property and home owners do just that. If a packaged terminal air conditioner or heating, ventilation and air conditioning system component breaks on your property, finding the device in question and deciding whether to replace the component or not can be a costly decision. Sometimes it comes down to preventative measures. 59 percent of people who bought new HVAC systems in the past two years were buying due to the failure of their existing system or the costly repairs required to keep it running.

Meaning instead of the band aid fix, actually updating an aged system could inevitably save you more money than constantly trying to fix small breaks in your system. Most people don’t think about their air conditioning and heating system until it breaks or becomes so old it is not worth repairing.

While air pressure, electrical consumption and squeaky bearings can all be altered or fixed by a qualified technician, like our NATE certified HVAC Philly technicians, some improvements in modern appliances are worth reaching into your pocket for.

Here are some things you’ll want to know before replacing your HVAC system.


Your HVAC is a big component to the comfort of your home.

Aesthetic fixes usually are the main focus of homeowners, however the U.S. Department of Energy states that the air conditioning and heating system in your home represents 40 percent of your total annual energy costs. This is more than water heating and lighting costs combined.

Your HVAC is also probably one of the more expensive appliances you own (approximately $8,000 in replacement costs) and it uses more energy than almost all of your other major appliances combined as well.

In the heat of the summer or dead of the winter, the appliance you need the most is your HVAC system.

Make sure you do your due diligence, and don’t wait too long to replace your system. 

The average age of a HVAC system in the U.S. is about 12 to 13 years old. The average age of systems when they are replaced is just 16 years old, but the lifespan could range from around 5 years to over 25 years.

Age of your system is not as important as the run time. In the case of HVAC, how much you run it determines its useful remaining life.

If you have an older system (16 years+) or one that has been having frequent problems, now is the time to decide on a new system and choose a reputable installation and service provider.

Research EVERYTHING before buying. Putting time on your side before purchasing a new HVAC system can save you time and money in the end.

Research your contractor and find the one that best suites your needs and can get the job done efficiently the FIRST time.


Be sure to engage in a conversation with the contractor you choose about the various higher efficiency systems.If your system is not properly sized or installed, you might not be gaining the energy savings you were expecting and you might not be satisfied with the comfort (temperature and humidity control) your new system provides. Hiring a thorough contractor who takes the time to explain this and what it means to your energy costs and overall comfort is essential to being satisfied with your purchase.

Plan ahead 

The average cost of an HVAC system replacement is $8000. Laying out a plan for how much your new system will cost and a timeframe into when you should be looking into a replacement will save you from scrambling to cover costs.

There are HVAC contractors who offer financing, like HVAC Philly, so again, research is key.

Remember, your HVAC system is your most expensive appliance in your home. If your system is older or beginning to fail, you can save both time and money and increase the satisfaction with your replacement if you do your research up front, plan for financing and find a good contractor to help you make these decisions.

HVAC Philly services the greater Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties in PA, including Holland, PA, and Elkins Park, PA.  Contact us today with any further questions about HVAC system replacement. 215-725-6111



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