Is your HVAC system on the fritz and you’re not sure what to do? The repair or replace dilemma is not a pleasant situation to be in. You may be concerned that if you spend money on a repair, there’s no guarantee the system won’t breakdown again. Put your worries aside for a moment and consider the following factors regarding whether to repair or replace.
HVAC Age and Performance
Age is perhaps the most important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace a troubled heating or cooling unit. In general terms, the average furnace and boiler lifespan is 15 years. The average lifespan of an A/C or heat pump is eight to 12 years.
If your heating or cooling system is approaching these numbers, you’re probably better off replacing your old unit with a new higher-efficiency system. A new high-efficiency furnace, A/C, or heat pump can deliver as much as 40 percent energy savings compared to very old models. You’ll enjoy greater comfort and energy savings right away.
Repair Vs. Replacement Costs
A cracked heat exchanger, failed compressor, and refrigerant leaks are all major repairs with substantial costs. One calculation used to determine if a repair is warranted is multiplying the repair estimate by a factor of 10. If the total is more than the cost of a new HVAC installation, it’s better to replace.
Consider Duct and Home Efficiency
An important factor to consider is the efficiency of your home’s envelope and ductwork system. Are there drafts and uneven temperatures in your home? Comfort problems are generally not the fault of the furnace, A/C, or heat pump. The envelope and air ducts share this responsibility.
Air leaks in your home’s envelope and ductwork not only create uncomfortable conditions, air leaks make your HVAC system work harder as well. If you upgrade home and duct efficiency, your older furnace and A/C should perform better after repair.
If you need advice making an HVAC system repair or replace decision, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve provided exceptional and honest service to residents of Traverse City for more than 30 years.
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).
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