When a problem arises on your furnace or air conditioning system, deciding whether to repair or replace it is not always easy. This is especially true when you are dealing with an emergency situation. That being said, it is important to weigh all your options before coming up with a plan. Below, we offer some basic information to consider when making the decision to repair or replace your HVAC system.
When to Repair or Replace Furnace and Air Conditioning System
Furnace and air conditioning systems last for a long time when properly installed and maintained. However, the problem is that there are some factors beyond your control, some of which determine your units’ reliability and cost-effectiveness throughout their lifetime. They include:
- Breakdowns. Older units suffer from excessive wear and tear. This can reveal itself gradually when parts start to break down or when the system fails all at once. If you find you’ve sought help for repairs several times in a year, this might mean that you need to install a new one. This is because the fixes may not address the root cause. Furthermore, these small frequent small charges will add up, which can cost you more money than necessary. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to replace your unit if the estimated cost of repairing it is more than 50% of the cost of a new system
- Age. The usual service life an HVAC system is 10 years. If your unit is still in the first half of its projected life span, there is a good chance that any problem your system encounters can be solved with repairs. However, if your unit is past its prime it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new unit. Older units tend to work harder to maintain the proper temperature in your home due to damaged and/or worn components. This can cause your energy costs to skyrocket, making it more feasible to purchase and install a new unit.
- Energy Efficiency. While older systems can function for many years, they are not as efficient as modern ones. This is because latest HVAC models are required to meet stringent standards from ENERGY STAR®. This will not only reduce your utility costs but also your carbon footprint. Depending on your state, you can also receive a rebate for investing in a new unit.
Reliable HVAC Repair and Replacement
Count on the experts at McLay Services, Inc. to make the most of your HVAC system. We have the proper skills, knowledge, and resources to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently throughout the years. During in-depth inspections, we will help you understand every detail of your unit so you can keep track of its condition and make informed decisions. In addition, we will perform regular tune-ups to keep your system running at its optimum.
When your HVAC equipment is nearing the end of its service life, our team can also help you decide if a repair or replacement is the best option for your situation. If it’s time for an upgrade, we’ll recommend the perfect solution that meets your needs and budget and install it with our best-in-class workmanship. Give us a call today at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to get started. We look forward to hearing from you!