Your home HVAC system has just broken down for the third time this season. You are faced with deciding whether you should repair it again or replace it entirely. It is not something you do very often. Getting some advice can help you make a better decision.
How to Make the Decision
Here are some questions to consider when deciding whether you should repair or replace your current HVAC system:
- How old is the system? Efficiency standards have risen quite a bit over the past decade. A system built even 10 years ago can use twice as much power as a brand new one would. If your A/C is 10 years old or older, or your furnace is 15 years old or older, you should consider a replacement due to the higher efficiency standards.
- How much are the repair costs going to be? It is possible to repair most systems. However, the repair costs may make HVAC replacement the more feasible option. Typically, if repair costs are more than 50 percent of replacement costs, a replacement is the better option.
- How often have you had to make repairs over the past two years? The more frequent the repairs needed, the more likely that replacement is the better option. Frequent repairs usually mean the entire system is wearing out.
- Is the current system doing its job properly? If the system is struggling to heat or cool your home, it may be time for a replacement. Just make sure that the problem is with the HVAC system and not with inadequate insulation or air leaks.
The answers you get for each of those questions will help you decide if your home HVAC system can be repaired or if it should be replaced. For assistance in making this decision, contact us here at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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