Repair or Replace: Six Things to Consider
November 14, 2018
In the cold depths of winter or high heat of summer, you want your HVAC system to work properly and reliably. A malfunctioning furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner leaves you with two choices - repair or replace the system. The following information can help you make that decision when your heating or cooling system isn't working right.
Age - How long does a typical furnace or A/C last?
As a first point of concern, consider the age of your heating or cooling system. In general, an HVAC system should last somewhere around fifteen years before it's old enough for replacement. If yours is approaching this age and you're faced with a steep repair, making a replacement is probably a better option. Remember, though, that age isn't the only criteria you should use to make the decision. If your HVAC equipment still works properly, has been maintained, and is in generally good condition, then repair is probably the best solution.
Condition - Has your heating and cooling system received regular maintenance?
The condition of your HVAC system will depend on many things, such as whether or not it's received regular maintenance, whether there are any outside factors that could affect its condition (such as flooding that reached the equipment), or overall neglect. A beat-up system that's just barely hanging on could, in some cases, even be dangerous. If your heating or cooling equipment is in poor shape, replacement should be made as soon as possible.
Size - Could your HVAC system be too small or too large for the space?
If your current air conditioner was incorrectly sized at installation, or if you've made upgrades to increase your home's efficiency since the A/C was installed, you could be wasting energy. A new system properly sized by Lozier’s Des Moines heating and cooling experts will keep you more comfortable, cost less to operate and experience less frequent breakdowns than your existing over- or under-sized unit.
Efficiency - Are you wasting money on an inefficient furnace or air conditioner?
You may find it hard to believe that paying for a new heating and cooling system could be cost effective, but consider how much you pay every month to operate an inefficient model. If there's been an unexplained jump in your heating or cooling expenses, it could mean that your HVAC system is losing efficiency. It will continue to use more energy than necessary and will be overly costly to operate. A maintenance tuneup could be all you need to restore efficiency, but if not, consider replacing the system with a newer high-efficiency model. Choosing an energy-efficient replacement could easily save you 20 percent on your cooling bills, helping the investment pay for itself.
Repair Costs - How much are you willing to spend on a failing system?
There will be a time when it simply won't be worth investing any more in fixing your failing air conditioner or furnace. Once repair costs add up to about half the cost of a new system, it's time for a replacement.
Leaky Ducts - Have you noticed a difference in your airflow?
Before you assume your discomfort and high energy bills are being caused by a malfunctioning heating and cooling system, consider the important role the ductwork plays. If airflow is blocked or leaks to unconditioned spaces, a quick inspection and repair by a technician could set the problem right. In this case, it's much more cost effective to repair ducts than to replace the A/C or furnace.
For more help deciding whether to repair or replace your system based on your unique situation, contact Lozier Heating and Cooling today. We offer a full range of expert HVAC services to customers and have proudly served Des Moines residents since 1906. Contact us today for more information on evaluating your HVAC system to determine if it would be better to repair or replace the equipment.