Like most people you probably aren’t thinking much about your HVAC system until it stops working when this does happen you have no choice but to address the issue. So what should you do?
You call an HVAC professional to take a look at it, and he gives you some estimates to make the repairs. After some time you are wondering if perhaps you should replace the system. After all, one failure is bad enough, and it doesn’t feel right to be at the whims of a temperamental machine. This is not an easy decision to make here some important things to consider to help you with the processes.
Age of Equipment
- The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years and 10-12 for an air conditioner or heat pump if your unit is getting close to its “expiration date” it’s time to consider replacement as it’s a good chance that more repairs will be needed very soon.
Consider the 50% rule: When the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value
of your heating or cooling system, it’s time to replace the system*
- Older equipment is much less efficient than today’s equipment for example when you find that upgrading from an 8-10 SEER on the cooling side to an 18 SEER you are looking substantial savings on your monthly utility bills with that new system.
- Aging furnaces only have a 68% AFUE, while a new furnace is clocking in at 95% efficiency
Financing & Incentives
- While you are often left to foot the bill for repairing your old ac or furnace, there are often economic benefits to replacing your system.
- Be sure to ask your dealer for any incentives or financing options that are currently available to you.
- Search for incentives for upgrading to a new system here: www.dsireusa.org
Upgrades & Improvements?
If you have upgraded your windows, insulation, roofing or any other energy efficient upgrades your current system may not be sized correctly. Conversely, your current unit might be too small if you have added additions to your home.
- An oversized unit costs more to run and uses more energy
- A smaller than needed unit may be working harder than it should and is costing you more since it is always running and not working efficiently.
Research shows that water heating, and air conditioning and home heating
account for more than 50% of domestic energy use.
- Modern equipment uses less of our earth resources and reduces your carbon footprint. Research shows that air conditioning, heating, and water heating account for more than 50% of domestic energy use.*
- Your old system is likely using the old R-22 refrigerant that is harmful to the environment. Freon is banned by the EPA while some stores exist, by 2020 it will be nonexistent. New systems use the then environmentally friendly R-410A which is more economical to service keeping costs down for you in the future
- Choose a new system based on Energy Star rating when to lower your energy footprint.
*U.S. Department of Energy Statistics
- Is your home comfortable? Do you have hot rooms, cold rooms, is the air too humid or dry? Your outdated HVAC system may be responsible for all of that and even poor air quality. Not to mention the older the system, the louder it operates.
- The modern heating and cooling systems have incorporated significant advances in the last decade that can benefit your family.
When you are faced with the choice to repair the existing equipment or invest in a new air conditioner be sure to consider the following carefully:
- Life expectancy
- The environment
- Your comfort
- Finacial Incentives
Don’t be pressured into making a snap decision.
To help you weigh your options to make a decision that is best for your home and budget we put together this ebook to learn more about life expectancy, refrigerant efficiency, and current condition of the comfort system in your home. Complete with a D.I.Y assessment you can do in the comfort of your home to help you determine for yourself.
Download our ebook and use our replacement versus repair scorecard to help you decide what is best for you.