IS IT TIME TO REPAIR OR REPLACE?
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your HVAC system until a problem arises, and at that point, it can be almost impossible to ignore. So what do you do? Perhaps you’ve already called a repairman and been told your unit is in need of service. Now you’re looking at the estimate to fix it and wondering, should I repair my unit or replace it? It’s not always an easy decision to make. Below are some things to consider when making that decision!
AGE OF YOUR SYSTEM
The average life expectancy of an air conditioner or heat pump is 10–12 years.The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15–20 years. If your unit is nearing the average life expectancy, you’ll need to weigh the repair cost against the possibility that more repairs may be needed very soon, or even a complete replacement.
Equipment that is approaching the end of its life expectancy will typically be much less energy efficient than today’s equipment. For example, compare 8–10 SEER on the cooling side, and 68% AFUE for a furnace to modern products that rate as high as 18 SEER and 95% AFUE and you’re looking at some substantial savings on your monthly energy bills when considering a new unit.
Energy costs (gas, oil, electricity) have risen significantly in the last decade, and will likely continue to do so. Consider the energy consumption of your unit and your potential savings over its lifetime.
If there have been upgrades made to your home that improve its insulation and energy efficiency (new windows, doors, insulation, roofing, sealing, etc.), then your current unit may actually be oversized or undersized for your needs. A smaller unit would cost less and use less energy to run. Conversely, your current unit may be too small and may be working harder and less efficiently than it should.
For assistance in choosing your next heating and cooling system or to schedule a service appointment for your current ac unit please contact our office at Alpine Heating & Cooling via one of the below methods.