Hydronic + Radiant Heat Products: Page 10. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 October 27, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn The Answer Lies in the Situation, Scenario, Age, Condition, and Cost Repair or Replace: That’s the Question By Nick Kostora Of The NEWS Staff W on their responses, the question still lacks a definitive answer. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, residential furnaces last an average of -years; heat pumps, years; air conditioners, -years; and ther-mostats, years. hen should contractors repair an aging HVAC unit and when should they sug-gest a full system replace-ment? The question has hounded the industry for decades. The NEWS recently spoke with a number of HVACR contractors, and, based Life Expectancy Energy Star attempts to quantify the matter by providing a series of bullet points to determine when replacing a unit is the best option. It concludes replacement is necessary if: a heat pump or air conditioner is more than years old, a furnace or boiler is more than years old, equipment needs frequent repairs, energy bills are going up, a home has humid-ity problems, a home has excessive dust, or the heating and cooling system is noisy. However, precise life expectancy is dif-ficult to pinpoint due to numerous factors such as climate, usage, maintenance, rating, and more. The staff at Walnut Creek Heating & Air Conditioning, Walnut Creek, California, estimates a unit that has been repaired more than twice in the last years, is under a SEER rating, or is -years-old or older should • See QUESTION | page 8 Taboo Tattoos: In HVAC, Appearance Still Matters fyi hvac briefs Residential Contractor • Bill Howe Plumbing Inc. (San Diego) plumber David Sadin won a $2,500 scholarship from State Water Heat-ers (Ashland City, Tennessee). I By Jen Anesi Of The NEWS Staff n the U.S., where one in five adults now has a tattoo and nearly two in five adults in their s have ink somewhere on their bodies, the stigma attached to tattoos has begun to fade in recent years. Yet, despite society’s growing acceptance of tattoos — and, to a lesser degree, pierc-ings — several HVAC contractors still consider them to be deal breakers when interviewing potential employees. “The better contractors out there are looking to hire people who are clean-cut,” said Steve Coscia, president, Coscia Communications Inc. “If you go for a job interview with nose and ear piercings and visible tattoos, and you want a job with a first-rate contractor, you may not get that job as easily as someone who does not have the piercings and visible tattoos.” Steven Wobig, general manager at Cen-tral Carolina Air Conditioning, Greensboro, • See TATTOOS | page 8 Manufacturers • Maxitrol Co. (South-field, Michigan) named Tony Beauvais quality and production engi-Beauvais neering manager. • Johnson Controls Inc.’s (Milwau-kee) Luxaire Acclimate Series mod-ulating gas furnaces received Best Buy Awards from Consumers Digest. • Williams Comfort Prod-ucts (Colton, California) named James Gill vice Gill president of sales. • Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Division (Suwanee, Geor-gia) received the U.S. Green Build-ing Council’s (USGBC) Best of Building Award for the Best Prod-uct in HVAC/Indoor Air Quality/ Building Controls. Continued on page 4 spreading the warmth Technicians install Watts Radiant’s SmartTrac ™ above-subfloor panel system for radiant heat. While comfort is the dominant factor in the residential radiant market segment, energy efficiency tends to be the driving factor for commercial applications. Learn more about what’s trending in the realm of radiant HVAC on page 10. Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com A end this FREE Webinar! #achrnewswebinars GROWYOURBUSINESS by boosting sales in a surging IAQ market DATETHURSDAYNOVEMBER•TIMEPMET Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com. Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twitter and include @achrnews.