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How Do I Know If I Should Repair or Replace My System: Part 2

Furnace

Posted: February 25, 2019

In our previous post, we started to take a look at all of the factors that can come into play as you try to decide whether you should spend money to repair your system or invest in a new one. Our exploration into this important topic continues here, with additional information about what you need to consider if you do make the decision to replace your current system.

  • Are my options limited? Sometimes, limitations can dictate what’s possible for your HVAC systems without undertaking a major overhaul. This can include determining if your existing ductwork can support the kind of system you’re looking for. You will also want to confirm that your outdoor space can support a larger condensing unit for a new cooling system if needed. However, while there can be significant costs associated with system changes, higher efficiency may enable you to recoup those costs over time.
  • What size system does my home need? Be aware that structural remodeling of your house (an addition, for example) will likely affect the “load” of your HVAC systems – the amount of work they need to do to keep you comfortable. If you’ve done work to your house – or plan to – your heating and cooling systems need to be able meet the demands of a larger load. We can help you determine what size system is best for your home comfort.
  • Should I go with the lowest bid? More than half of the new HVAC systems installed in the U.S. are not sized properly, and a mismatch means you’ll pay more every month for a system that performs below expectations. Poorly-sized heating and cooling systems may cost less to install because in order to offer a cheap price, many contractors cut corners during the installation process. This usually results in problems down the road with system longevity, poor comfort performance and/or premature break downs. You also risk other issues such as mold, due to excessive condensation build up. In many cases, a poor installation will result in no energy savings and possibly increased monthly utility costs.
  • Is my current system safe? Older heat exchangers can crack or rust, causing carbon monoxide leaks in your home. A 10-year-old system carries a much higher risk of this problem than one that is newly installed. Annual maintenance may help to uncover and correct issues before they become problems.

Adding it all up

When you weigh the costs and benefits of repairing or replacing older equipment with more efficient HVAC equipment, it’s clear that there are significant advantages to replacing an older system. So when is a repair ever a viable option? Here are a few reasons.

  • Your system is less than five years old.
  • You’re planning to move soon and expect that the next homeowner will make structural changes to the house that will change the load of the existing system (remodeling, additions, etc.)
  • New equipment, technology, or incentive options (a federal or state utility rebate program, for example) are planned or will soon become available.

Your home’s HVAC system should be considered a long-term investment whose components work together to ensure your comfort. Like any investment, you need to do your research to find the best way to spend your money.

If you’re ready to explore new HVAC options for your home – or need help deciding whether to repair or replace – our expert technicians and comfort consultants are always here to help.

Contact us if you would like us to evaluate your current system and go here to explore your options in new heating and cooling equipment.