Though it may not often cross your mind, your HVAC system is responsible for a lot. Not only does it keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, it also greatly impacts your energy bills. Approximately 31 percent of energy bills in the United States are made up of electricity charges, while 17 percent are due to natural gas usage. HVAC systems run on both of these types of power. If your system isn’t operating as efficiently as it once was, it’s time for Sewickley HVAC replacement.
Tired of searching for “HVAC replacement near me”? Our locally owned and operated Sewickley HVAC company is made up of a talented team of service professionals who are passionate about customer service. When you work with us, you know you’re getting quality service from a skilled team. To book an on-site estimate for HVAC replacement in Sewickley, give us a call today, or keep reading to find out more about our service.
Our Sewickley HVAC Replacement Service
If you’ve found this page, you probably already know what HVAC is. In case you don’t, we have you covered. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. An HVAC system is therefore composed of your heating unit (furnace, heat pump, or boiler), a cooling unit (air conditioner), and airflow through vents. Ventilation helps move warm and cool air around your home and improve your air quality.
Our HVAC replacement service is a full system replacement. This means we’ll come up with the right heating and cooling solution for your home. Our service may also include updating your ductwork to make your new system as energy-efficient as possible.
There are multiple different ‘tiers’ of HVAC systems. Lower-tier units will have a lower upfront cost, while higher-tier units will likely cost you the most upfront. However, upfront costs are often offset by a reduction in energy costs, which will noticeably lower your energy bills. Comparing projected energy savings with upfront costs can be confusing and overwhelming. Our service professionals will assess your current system, home, and budget to help you make the right choice for you and your family.
Each service appointment we attend will differ according to our client’s needs. Below, we’ve outlined some of the systems, units, and accessories that you may wish to consider for your Sewickley HVAC replacement service.
Heating System Replacements
When our customers call us for HVAC system replacements, it’s usually because their units have reached the end of their lifespan. Most homeowners see this as an opportunity to increase their HVAC’s energy efficiency and opt for Energy Star products.
For heating, the most popular types of units we install are gas furnaces. Though they tend to cost more than electric furnaces upfront, they generally cost less to operate and are more energy efficient, resulting in lower energy bills. Many utility companies in PA also offer their customers rebates for installing energy-efficient HVAC systems, which can help reduce the upfront cost.
In addition to gas and electric furnace installations, our experienced HVAC service professionals can replace your furnace with an even more eco-friendly and efficient option—a heat pump. There are two main types of heat pumps:
- Air-source heat pumps
- Geothermal heat pumps
Air-source heat pumps transfer cold air from the inside of your home with warm air from the outside, while geothermal heat pumps transfer heat from the earth.
Not sure what’s right for you? No problem! By using our extensive knowledge and experience, we take all the guesswork out of the decision for you. We’ll assess your home’s current infrastructure and make recommendations for your best options for everything from furnace replacement to routine heater repair. As a company founded on core values of honesty and integrity, we’ll never recommend a system to you to line our own pockets. You can rest assured that our recommendations are based on what we truly believe is best for you and nothing else.
Cooling System Replacements
Central air conditioning is not as common in Sewickley HVAC replacements as it is down in the more southerly states, where summer temperatures can climb to 90 °F and above. That being said, many PA residents are seeing the benefits of installing AC units—especially as they become more efficient and cost-effective than they were in the past. Common types of AC units and systems include:
- Central AC: Air is cooled at a central point and pushed through ducts into different areas in your home.
- Ductless AC Systems: If your home doesn’t have ductwork, this is a great option. Air is cooled in a unit placed outside and then transferred to rooms in your home through blower units. This system is usually more efficient than a central system and is easier to install.
- Window and Wall AC Units: Not technically considered part of an AC ‘system,’ window and wall units are standalone devices that can cool down a single room. If you don’t find yourself needing air conditioning that often but would like to cool down your bedroom to help you sleep in the summer months, these might be a good option.
All AC systems and units must be appropriately sized for your home to be optimally effective and efficient. Our service technicians can advise you on the proper AC system size to achieve this.
Do you currently have ductwork installed in your home? During the assessment phase of our Sewickley HVAC replacement service, we’ll inspect your ducts to ensure they’re still in good condition. Some signs that there are potential issues include inconsistent and weak airflow, the presence of holes and tears, and significant dust buildup.
Some of the most common types of ductwork we replace for our customers include:
- Sheet metal ducts
- Fiberboard ducts
- Fiberglass lined ducts
- Flexible ductwork
- Rigid ductwork
As with our heating and cooling system installations, our HVAC service professionals will choose new ducts based on what’s best for your HVAC system and home.
The Aire Serv Difference
Since opening our doors in 2019, our team members at Aire Serv have quickly established themselves as leaders in the HVAC industry. Our talented service technicians have many years of experience, making us true experts at what we do. In addition to providing quality services through outstanding workmanship, we also prioritize exceptional customer service. We’re proud to serve the Sewickley community and strive to build lasting, trusting relationships with all of our customers.
When you choose Aire Serv of Sewickley for HVAC Replacement, we guarantee that you’ll receive peace of mind. You’ll benefit from:
- Access to 24/7 emergency services
- Upfront pricing
- No overtime charges
- Done Right Guarantee® (including parts and labor)
Along with HVAC replacement, Sewickley homeowners can expect a wide range of other HVAC services that include air conditioning repair, furnace repair, heating repair, routine maintenance, heating and air conditioning installation, and much more.
Sewickley HVAC Replacement Service FAQs
How Much Does a Sewickley HVAC Replacement Cost?
It’s hard to say exactly how much a heating and cooling system replacement will cost to install in your Sewickley home. A complete system replacement generally costs between $8,000 and $15,000 but can be as high as $25,000 or more. The cost of your new HVAC system will largely depend on the following factors:
- Which Systems Need Replacement: Do you need a furnace and air conditioner replacement? Do you want new ductwork installed?
- Energy Efficiency of the Model: Generally speaking, the higher the energy efficiency, the higher the cost.
- Size of Your Home: The larger the home, the larger the HVAC system needed.
- Available Rebates: These change all the time, so inquire with us and your energy company at the time of service to see whether there are any promotional offers taking place.
What Is Included In HVAC Replacement in Sewickley?
That depends on what you want and need. While HVAC technically stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, if you don’t have or want an air conditioner, you can still take advantage of our Sewickley “HVAC” replacement service.
At the time of your on-site estimate, we’ll discuss your goals for your HVAC system, identify any areas of concern, and talk through all the available options within your budget. Each service is fully customized to the needs of our customers, so your HVAC replacement service can include as much or as little as you want it to.
How Often Should My Ductwork Be Replaced?
We tend to find that most homeowners with ductwork that is 15 years old or older can benefit from having their ductwork replaced. Over time, duct joints can loosen and leak. Metal ductwork can also corrode over time due to condensation.
While ductwork may seem like an unnecessary added expense, if yours is due for replacement, you could end up spending more money by ignoring the problem. Failing ductwork will significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, causing your utility bills to skyrocket.
Do I Need a Thermostat Replacement?
This is a great question to ask before you dive into a full-on Sewickley HVAC replacement project. If you've been experiencing some odd malfunctions or behavior from your old HVAC system, it's entirely possible that a malfunctioning thermostat is at least partially responsible. Your thermostat is basically the "brain" of your HVAC system, as it measures the temperature and tells the system when to turn on or off in order to achieve the correct temperature that you've set the thermostat to. If it malfunctions, it can seem like your entire system is malfunctioning when actually, it's just a busted thermostat sending the wrong signals to the rest of the system.
When you're getting HVAC replacement taken care of, it's a good time to consider thermostat replacement as well. Not sure if your thermostat needs to be replaced? Here are a few troubleshooting steps that can help you figure it out:
- If you have a digital thermostat, check to see if the screen is lit up or will turn on
- If it doesn't seem to be getting any power at all, check your circuit breaker box to make sure you don't have a flipped breaker switch
- Change the batteries in the thermostat unit, just in case
- Check the settings on your thermostat to make sure it's set to the correct temperature and mode (cooling mode or heating mode)
- Inspect the location of the thermostat for clues—if it's in direct sunlight or the wall behind it isn't adequately insulated, that could interfere with its ability to function
Is It Cheaper To Replace My Heating And Cooling Systems At The Same Time?
It certainly can be! We encourage you to talk to your service professional about the cheapest option for you at the time of your on-site estimate to find out whether this applies to you.
One aspect you’ll undoubtedly save on by replacing both at the same time is the cost of labor. By getting them both replaced, we’ll only have to take one trip to dispose of your old systems, and we won’t have to do any of the prep work twice.
What Do SEER and AFUE Mean for Sewickley HVAC Replacement?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it's essentially an efficiency rating for cooling systems. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the system operates. Homeowners should note that the U.S. Department of Energy sets minimum SEER rating requirements by region in the United States, and the Northern region (including Pennsylvania) is required to have systems with a rating of 14 SEER or higher. In fact, HVAC experts are legally not allowed to install units with lower SEER ratings. Most of the new systems available for sale in Pennsylvania exceed 14 SEER, but it's good to be aware of the requirement before purchase.
AFUE is an acronym for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it is an energy efficiency rating system for heating units. AFUE measures how much heat output a heater produces annually compared to its total yearly fossil fuel consumption. For example, if your unit has an AFUE rating of 70%, that means it converts 70% of the fuel it uses into thermal energy, while 30% escapes or is burned off without providing any benefit. The U.S. Department of Energy requires new heating installations in the Northern region to have at least a 90% AFUE rating.
How Long Does It Take To Replace An HVAC System?
HVAC replacement in Sewickley can take anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days. The time it takes to complete the installation will depend on whether:
- You’re replacing your furnace, your air conditioner, or both
- You’re replacing your existing air conditioning unit or installing one for the first time
- You need your ductwork replaced
- Your HVAC system is located in an area that is difficult to access
Your service technician will communicate with you about the estimated project timeline so you know exactly what to expect.
How Often Should I Replace My HVAC System?
This will vary from system to system, but as long as you take the time to regularly maintain your HVAC unit, you can expect your AC unit to last between 10 and 15 years, your furnace to last for 15 to 20 years, and your ductwork to last for 15 to 25 years.
By getting your HVAC system inspected, cleaned, and maintained regularly, you’ll be able to extend its lifespan as much as possible and know exactly when it’s time for a replacement.
Can I Replace My HVAC System On My Own?
Attempting to replace your heating and air conditioning system without the required training is both dangerous and too complex to do properly. Some customers try to do a replacement on their own before calling in the professionals, only to find out that they purchased the wrong unit for their home or unintentionally damaged a part.
Our technicians have many years of experience in the HVAC industry and are fully trained to safely, efficiently, and professionally install your new HVAC system.
How Do I Maintain My New HVAC System?
To get the most out of your newly installed HVAC system, you’ll want to make sure it can operate at high efficiency for as long as possible. To do this, you’ll need to perform semi-regular maintenance.
Our top tip for HVAC system maintenance is to regularly replace your filters. Though these are meant to be changed out every one to three months, most homeowners never change them out at all. Your HVAC system will have to work much harder with dirty filters.
Secondly, make sure you clean the condensing unit of your air conditioner. This is often located on the outside of your home, and as such, it can easily become clogged with dirt, leaves, and pollen. Using your garden hose, spray it down with your water hose.
Our final tip is to call a professional HVAC company to perform more complicated maintenance on your system each year. Our maintenance services will help you avoid having to replace your system sooner than you’d like to.
Trust Our Local Pros for Expert HVAC Replacement in Sewickley!
Stop searching for “HVAC replacement near me” and call Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning for your installation needs today! Between quality service and outstanding customer service, you can’t go wrong. Not only will we install your new system, but we can also perform HVAC maintenance and repair services.
In addition to serving the community of Sewickley, we’re also proud to serve many of the surrounding communities, including but not limited to Moon Township, Beaver County, and Wexford. To book an in-person estimate for our Sewickley HVAC replacement service today, feel free to give us a call.