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How Can I Determine Whether It Will Be More Cost Effective for Me to Repair or Replace My Old HVAC System?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Old Air Conditioning System

Heating and air conditioning systems can last 12+ years if properly maintained. However, many factors determine the actual life of your HVAC system. When the cost of repairs starts to climb, you might be wondering if your system is due for a total replacement.

Although many variables determine the need to replace or repair your heating and air conditioning system, here are a few key points to help you make a decision:

1. The Age of Your System

Even with proper maintenance, your HVAC system will need to be replaced after 15 years of heavy use. Of course, if your system is 20 years old and you haven’t had any problems, there’s no reason to run out and get a new unit unless you’re looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model.

On the other hand, if your system is less than ten years old, and it has been properly maintained, getting your system repaired is usually a better choice.

2. Frequent Refrigerant Filling

If you’re being told that your refrigerant needs to be refilled due to a leak, it could mean expensive repairs down the line. Refrigerant leaks usually compound into bigger problems such as a compressor failure, which can cost over $1,000 worth of repairs. In this case, you might consider replacing your HVAC unit, especially if your system is over ten years old.

3. Uneven Temperatures

If you notice that some rooms in your home are hotter or cooler than others, and you don’t have issues related to your air ducts or vents, it could be a sign that your system can’t keep up with the demand and may need to be replaced.

4. A Need for Frequent Repairs

If your HVAC unit is requiring frequent repairs, that’s probably a sign that your system needs to be replaced. Properly maintained units usually don’t require frequent repairs, so if your unit keeps breaking down on you, it’s probably time for a replacement.

Of these 4 points, the age of your system is probably the most important way to determine the need for replacement or repair. The general rule of thumb is that if your system is over ten years old, and a repair will cost over $1,000, you'll also want to consider the cost of replacement when making your final decision.

As a leading heating and air conditioning company, G+S Heating Air Energy Services offers a variety of preventative maintenance options to get the most value out of your HVAC system. We do our best to prevent unnecessary repairs or replacements by keeping your system properly maintained all year long.

Contact us today and ask us about how we can help you save money on heating and air conditioning repairs and replacements with our preventative maintenance options.

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