Today, we’re tackling a common question we get here at the office: “How do I know when it’s time to replace my system?”
I’d love to be able to give you a clear-cut answer, but it’s a tough question! Just as our System Designers need to see your home to give you a proper quote, replacement versus repair has a lot of factors to consider.
How old is the system?
On average, a HVAC system lasts 12-15 years when it’s properly maintained, per the manufacturer’s recommendation. If your system is a good deal newer than that, repair is the way to go. (Also, don’t forget to check your warranty; if you’ve kept up with system maintenance, there may be one available!) If your system has hit that age range, however, you may want to consider budgeting for a replacement. Sure, a repair may buy you time, but do you want to risk your system failing during a winter storm or heat wave?
What’s the extent of the repair?
This question alone shows how difficult the question of repair vs replace can be! Everyone has their own budget, and what’s acceptable to one person can be very different from another. Bottom line: unless your system has completely failed, we can likely repair your system, but it’s up to you to decide whether the repair justifies the cost. If you’re unsure about the price quoted, we always recommend getting a second opinion!
What’s the repair history of the existing system?
Is this the first time you’ve had an issue, or the fifth? How much money have you put into this system in total? Good rule of thumb to remember: if this is the 5th issue, then most likely the sixth is coming soon.
Are you happy with the performance of your system?
Comfort matters when it comes to your HVAC system. If you’ve noticed that your system is having a hard time maintaining its thermostat temperature, or you’re hearing a strange new sound, that could be a sign that it’s slowing down. These types of issues can be repaired, so schedule a service call to have your technician check it out.
How much energy does the existing system use?
Older-model HVAC systems weren’t built for energy efficiency and can be the reason behind your high gas and electric bills! For perspective, did you know that a new condenser can save you up to 40% on your electric bill? You could go on a vacation for that amount of money saved! Bonus: since newer systems are better for the environment, there are many incentives to install one in your home, such as heat loans and rebates offered by your energy provider.
Are you looking to sell your home?
A newer HVAC system is a great selling point for buyers!
Whether it’s looking like your system needs a repair or a replacement, your best bet is to have it checked by a licensed HVAC technician before you decide. And again, when in doubt, get a second opinion!
Till next time,