Repair or Replace — Determining the Best Approach

Repair vs. Replacement

Before you decide to repair or replace your system there are a few basic facts that you should know. You have three categories of systems: gas heat, electric heat and a heat pump. The principle of heating and cooling your home is transferring heat. Your either needing to remove heat from your home in the summer or your needing to add heat to your home in the winter. The outdoor unit is called either a condenser or a heat pump. On the inside you will have a evaporator coil with a gas furnace or an air handler. The mechanical parts of your system are built with a 10 yr obsolescence and the average life is 12 to 15 year. A gas furnace has a safety life of 15 years and a air handler has an appliance life of 15 years.

When Should You Replace Your System?

You should always consider replacing your system when there are safety issues or there are continuous reliability issues.

Repair Cost vs. Age

With an air conditioner/heat pump that is 1 to 5 years old you should not exceed $800 repair without considering replacement. As the equipment ages you should consider replacement if you have to spend $1 on a 12 year old air conditioner or heat pump.

Due to the longer safety life and appliance life of a gas furnace and air handler you should consider replacement if the repair exceeds $1000 if the appliance ranges between 1 and 5 years old. The same applies if the appliance is 12 yrs. old. You should consider replacement if the repair exceeds $1.

We can help guide you thru the process and in some cases we recommend the repair over a replacement. It’s all about what is the best return on your investment.

The Estimate

When you call us for a replacement quote you will discover that we are a little different than most of your HVAC companies out there, we schedule a 60 – 90 minute appointment so that we have enough time to properly demonstrate our company to you. We listen to you about what you need, educate you on where technology has evolved and then provide you with a straight forward investment based on your budget with No Surprises in the end.

 

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