Fall is the time of year to prepare your home for the heating months. If your HVAC system barely made it through last winter or summer, or if you’re facing a repair-or-replace decision, now is the time to act. Keep reading for professional pointers.
Cost of Repair vs. Replacement
The repair or replace dilemma generally centers around costs. Repairing your HVAC system probably costs less than replacing it. If it’s an expensive repair, though, you may consider that replacing it with a new model with a comprehensive warranty is the better option.
During the fall season, many manufacturers offer special discount incentives. Your HVAC contractor may have financing options to make replacement easier. The energy savings of a new high-efficiency system — as much as 40 percent compared to very old systems — immediately helps offset replacement costs, too.
Consider Your System’s Age
The age of your system is a good gauge for deciding between repair or replacement. Heat pump and A/C systems are estimated to provide 10 to 12 years of service. Furnaces are generally given 15 years of efficient heating. If your system is approaching the end of its estimated life span, you’re better off going with a new model. If you don’t know the age of your HVAC systems, contact the manufacturer with the model number.
HVAC systems are complex machines that need consistent professional maintenance to maintain optimal efficiency and provide reliable service through its expected lifespan. If your system has been well-maintained and it has more than a few years of estimated service, repairing it may be the better option.
Consider your home’s efficiency. If comfort is an issue, it could be that you need to upgrade sealing and insulation. Home efficiency upgrades reduce the load on your cooling and heating systems. Give your old or new HVAC system a break by sealing your home’s envelope and boosting insulation where needed.
For personalized assistance regarding repairing or replacing your HVAC system, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve the residents and businesses of Peachtree City and the surrounding communities.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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