IT IS TIME TO REPAIR OR REPLACE?
With the seasons changing, now is the time to think about your Heating and air conditioning system. is it in good shape? Does it need a mayor work?
HOW DO YOU KNOW?
We get asked this question all the time – should I repair my unit or replace it? Well, like so many things in life, it depends. As an HVAC contractor, you might think our answer is always going to be “replace” so you can buy new equipment, but that’s not the case. Sometimes it does make sense to repair a piece of equipment, even if it’s older or if the repair is costly. First, let’s talk about when you probably should consider replacement:
If you have a standing pilot furnace or an air conditioner that is built before 1992, it’s time to consider replacement, even if you’re not facing a repair. The reality is that your furnace is around 65% efficient and your air conditioner is 8 SEER or less.
The amount you can save in utility costs will help pay for the cost of a new unit and it’s not a matter of if, but when you will find yourself facing a costly repair. Take the time now to research and plan for replacing your unit so you have the time to make an educated decision instead of being rushed because you don’t have heating or cooling.
You have an out of warranty compressor that has failed in your AC or cracked heat exchanger in your furnace. Replacing either of those components is the equivalent of a heart transplant. We do heart transplants for people because we love them and they have value outside of just the cost of the procedure.
Machines do not and you shouldn’t spends thousands of dollars repairing the core of an older system that includes lots of other components that are likely to fail or leak within a few years. While making this repair may be less costly than new equipment it is not a decision that I would recommend for the reason I stated above. It’s just not a good investment.
Take this opportunity to get new equipment that will save you money in both utility costs and repairs – after all, new equipment comes with new warranties and higher efficiency. Air conditioners also come with environmentally friendlier refrigerant which has begun to cost much less than the R22 that exists in most air conditioners today.
Use the guide (Infographics) below to decide if it’s time for a new, more efficient model.