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HVAC- Should You Repair or Replace: An Interview with Gary McQuaide of Matley Plumbing & Heating

By Gary McQuaide

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Matley Plumbing and Heating is a small company that does service, repairs, new construction and remodeling for both residential and commercial projects. We have been servicing our customers for over 50 years in the central MA and southern NH area. WE can and will work on all styles and types of heating systems, both oil and gas as well as a full service plumbing company. We are licensed and insured in both states and also have a swimming pool and spa division as well.

What are some of the most signs that your HVAC system needs to be repaired?

As far as signs that your HVAC system needs repair, there are a few. Noisy operation of your system could be a first sign of trouble. Comfort levels in the house are becoming harder to achieve or the operating costs of the HVAC system are escalating. Dirty vents in the house or soot outside the chimney or flue venting areas can be signs also.

When would you suggest that homeowners consider replacing it instead of repairing?

Replacement of your HVAC system over repairing should be considered if the repair expense is high or comparable to replacement. Older systems over 20 years or more or poor efficiency models should definitely be considered also due to the potential energy savings of newer models as well as safety concerns. Old HVAC systems could potentially corrode to the point of failure of the heat exchanger, a dangerous situation.

Is there a time frame (or age) when you would usually recommend replacing heating and/or cooling equipment?

A time frame for replacement would be 20 years or older. Warranties have lapsed, failure of components is increased and efficiencies are going down.

Can you briefly talk about some of the benefits of getting a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, system?

Benefits to getting a new system are the much better efficiency levels achieved by the newer appliances. Newer systems have more safety devices and monitoring controls and are generally much quieter and cleaner. Also new programs offered by some of the local utilities are giving great rebates and incentives to replacing systems, some as much as $1600!

Do you have tips for people who have a noisy HVAC system?

As far as tips for noisy HVAC systems, annual or bi-annual service is recommended. Depending on the source of the noise, a well placed shot of WD-40 in the right area can help quiet noisy bearings until a qualified service repairman can make the repair.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We can be contacted by calling us at (978)-433-5815, email at customerservice@matleyplumbing.com or contact us on our website at www.matleyplumbing.com. We also have Facebook and Twitter accounts that we monitor as well. We are more than able to assist anyone interested in repairs or replacements and we offer free estimates as well.

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