Every year during the hot months, you may ask yourself if it is time to replace or just repair your HVAC system. Is repair your best choice in the long run, or would a newer and more efficient system offer you the function and dependability you and your family have been looking for? While considering HVAC repair vs. replacement, there are a few things you should consider. Our AC and heating repair experts at A Superior Air Conditioning Company will consider both options before giving you our professional opinion.
Benefits to HVAC System Replacement
Considerable Cost Savings – If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old and repair costs are approaching 50% of the value of the system, a great deal of energy can be saved by upgrading to a newer and more efficient system. Depending on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), upgrading could save you 20% to 40% on heating and cooling costs. Also, according to Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings, which measure furnace efficiency, systems from the 1970’s offer AFUE ratings of about 65%, while today’s models offer near total efficiency: 97%. As you can see, by upgrading your cooling and heating system, you can save big on your electrical bill – year after year.
Tax Incentives – In addition to energy savings that add up over the lifetime of your new system, available tax credits and incentives could save you up to 30% of the cost of newer, high-efficiency appliance. For more information, click here.
Warranty – Newer units come with a parts and labor warranty, which could save you on repair costs should any issue come up.
Comfort & Air Quality – Newer HVAC systems do a better job of controlling temperature and humidity inside your home, which reduces mold and mildew growth, improving both comfort and indoor air quality.
Benefits of HVAC Repair
Here’s how to tell if repair, as opposed to replacement, is the right option for you:
Newer Systems – For relatively newer systems, it is likely that repairs make the most financial sense. Also, take into consideration the 50% Rule, where if the cost of repair vs. replacement of your system is less than half of its value and you haven’t had monthly service calls to keep your system up and running, repair may be easier on your checkbook.
Selling your home – If you are planning on selling your current home in the near future and your system is still working, you should discuss with your local real estate agent and see if either repair or replacement would be in your best interest.
Preventative maintenance – Did you know that you can extend the life of your HVAC and minimize the number of service calls by simply performing a routine maintenance? By having the coils cleaned and filters changed regularly, you can add years to the life of your system.
So, is it time to repair or replace your HVAC system?
Age of your HVAC system – When it comes to repair vs. replacement, the EPA and Department of Energy’s joint ENERGY STAR program recommend systems older than 10 years old and furnaces or boilers older than 15 years old should be replaced. Though these systems may last a few more years, over time they lose energy efficiency, which in turn will increase your electrical bill.
Frequent Repairs – If your system can’t handle the increased demand on its performance during the hottest and coldest times of the year, or has broken down several times over the past years, repairs may not be in your best interest. In some cases they can add up substantially over the years, costing you more than investing in a new AC system.
Uneven Temperatures – Uneven temperatures in your home are a strong indicator of a possible need for a heating and cooling upgrade. There is nothing worse than having rooms in your home that are too hot or too cold. By upgrading your system, you will ensure comfort and improve the indoor air quality of your home.
Still unsure if you should simply repair or replace your current HAVC system? Give us a call at (850) 258-3225 and our expert professionals will help you to determine whether repairing or replacing your existing system offers you the best solution to fit your needs and budget.