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When to replace equipment?

January 26, 2016 8:36 pm

Should I repair or replace old heating or air conditioning equipment?

When you’re frustrated with the breakdown of your gas furnace or air conditioner, it can be tempting to find the least expensive “quick fix” to get on with your life in relative comfort. That “quick fix” may be the least expensive now, but it may not give you the most value, or cost you the least in the long run. Paying for repairs to an old or inefficient heating or air conditioning system often simply prolongs the inevitable. It’s almost like putting a bandage on a serious injury. An older HVAC system that breaks down once is likely to break down again and again. That means more emergency heating and air conditioning service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to your home or to other components of your HVAC system.

There’s also an ongoing energy cost factor to consider. Restoring your old heating or air conditioning system will only bring it back to its current level of energy efficiency. Did you know that heating and cooling makes up 64 percent of residential electricity usage? Installing a new heating and air conditioning system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time; you could save 20 percent or more on your energy bills with new high efficiency equipment.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself when deciding whether you need to invest in new equipment:

  • Is your furnace or air conditioner more than 10 years old?

    If you have an older heating or air conditioning unit, it may not be as efficient as some of the newer ones that are available today. Furnace and air conditioner efficiency has improved immensely over the last 10 years, which means you will see a huge difference with a new unit.

  • Does your heating or cooling system need frequent repairs?

    The costs of replacing different components in your furnace or air conditioner can really add up if it needs to be done on a regular basis. If frequent repairs are the norm, this may be a sign that your heating or cooling system is experiencing a lot of wear and tear, which can reduce the efficiency of the system and take a toll on your finances.

  • Does your heating or air conditioning system seem noisy?

    Have an HVAC contractor assess your furnace or air conditioner to determine the source of the noise. In a forced air heating system, noisiness could suggest that you have undersized ducts, or that fans or blowers have either not been properly attached to the house structure or are lacking in maintenance. A noisy air conditioner could mean that you have issues with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. In general, noisy components could indicate that your heating or cooling system is in need of repair or replacement.

  • Are some of your rooms too hot or cold?

    If you’re noticing significant temperature differences from room to room, it could be that your heating or cooling equipment is not operating properly. You could also have duct problems, or it could be an issue with insulation. Have an HVAC professional look into the problem for you.

Our qualified staff is happy to assess your needs and advise you on the best course of action.