Questions for the HVAC Repair vs. Replace Conversation
If your HVAC system has broken down, you may be facing a repair vs. replace decision. To help you make an informed choice, here are the answers to some key questions to mull over and discuss with your HVAC professional.
How do I weigh the cost of a repair vs. the cost of replacement?
When you’re considering whether to repair vs. replace your existing system, use the 50 percent rule. If you’re advised that the needed repair will cost 50 percent of a new system, replacing it is a better choice especially if your older equipment is no longer under warranty.
Can I just replace one unit or do I need to replace the entire system?
If just one component of your split system has broken down and you decide it’s not worth repairing, it’s wise to replace the entire system. Mismatched components won’t provide optimal energy savings, and the new unit may not be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty if it’s added to an existing system.
Should the age of my existing equipment matter?
Yes, if your equipment is fairly new and still under warranty, repairing it usually the way to go. If it’s over 10 years old, though, it makes more sense to replace it. The reliability of HVAC equipment declines with age, so even after paying for a major repair, you’ll likely face more breakdowns in the near future.
Will a new HVAC system save me money?
Investing in a new, more efficient system can save you money on future repairs and reduce your energy consumption. To give you an idea of how much your energy usage can drop, upgrading from a 10 SEER air conditioner to a new 16 SEER unit can trim your consumption by up to 42 percent, and that reduction can add up to significant cost savings over time
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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