HVAC System

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When is the right time to replace your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system? It depends on who’s asking.

Some people have an “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” attitude. Others prefer to be proactive so they’re not dealing with unexpected breakdowns when it’s 105+ degrees.

A properly designed, installed and maintained system will typically provide 15-20 years of dependable, efficient home comfort. If it wasn’t designed or installed properly, or didn’t have regular, quality maintenance, it may need to be upgraded much sooner.

Steps to Upgrading

Once you’ve decided to upgrade, there are more questions. What type of system? What brands and efficiency work best? What about cost?

Select a contractor who answers these questions AND has a reputation for properly designing, installing, and commissioning the new system. This will ensure it’s working as intended by the manufacturer regardless of the brand.

Don’t rely on a crystal ball

Ask contractors if they’ll perform Manual-J heat loss/gain calculations and Manual-S equipment selection calculations, or just size the new system with a rule of thumb or crystal ball?

Will they inspect the duct system to be sure it will move the correct air flow? Do they have the capability to test and seal duct leaks if necessary? If the contractor tells you permits aren’t needed, MOVE ON. Permits are required and protect homeowners from substandard work.

And lastly, will they stand behind the job with a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied?

For answers and a guarantee, contact GV Cooling and Heating at 520-625-1234.

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