Should I Repair or Replace my HVAC System?
It may be natural for a homeowner to simply make repairs to an HVAC unit when something goes wrong, taking a “quick fix” approach rather than more of a long-term solution.
But what will cost you more over the course of time? A repair or a replacement?
Consider the following to help you decide on whether to repair or replace:
Most HVAC units should last for about 15-20 years. With anything older than that, you are in danger of certain things, including:
- Repairs will become more expensive with and older unit
- A tremendously reduced level of efficiency, meaning higher electric bills
- Infrastructure with clogs and damage
A $1,900 annual energy bill is not unusual. Between heating and cooling, you’re looking at half your energy costs, at least.
- Can you save money with better, more efficient cooling equipment?
What repairs have already been made to the system? Are you still under warranty? These are the questions to ask yourself:
- What is the current status of the warranty?
- Have you replaced the AC compressor recently?
- Have you replaced the heat exchanger recently?
Are you experiencing a comfortable environment from the current equipment? Here are the questions to ask yourself:
- Do you find that you are too hot during summer time or too cold during winter time?
- Does the equipment have a tendency to turn on, then turn off?
- Are there certain rooms in your house that never seem to get heated or cooled?
You may decide that making the investment in a new HVAC system will increase the resale value of your home. If you plan to stay in your house for years, you may want to make an investment for the future.
You may be alright in simply repairing your HVAC system, as long as:
- Your costs don’t exceed 30% of what new unit might cost
- Everything is operating at or near peak efficiency
In any other case, you’d probably be better off with a new HVAC system.
At Bartlett Heating & Cooling, we’ll give you a FREE in-home consultation, so take us up on it if you’ve got any questions. No pressure; no obligation. But lots of comfort!