Whether your heating and air conditioning system is broken and the repair is expensive or it’s too old and costs too much to operate, your decision whether to replace it should be based on an equipment analysis. This will show you your current operating costs and your return on your investment in new, more efficient equipment. A higher efficiency system will result in lower energy costs, eliminate expensive repairs, reduce maintenance costs and decrease the indoor temperature variance. More importantly, it will protect your investment with a longer and more complete warranty.
If you’re having a tough time deciding whether or not to replace your heater or air conditioner, use these tips:
1. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Multiply the age of your equipment by $400. If it totals more than $4000, you should consider replacement. If your system is 8 years old and you are looking at a repair that is out of warranty and costs more than $500, ask about replacement options. If you have a 6 year old system the repair would have to be close to $700 but if your system is 12 years old you should replace it if the repair is more than $350. If your system is more than 10 years old or appears to be in poor running condition, replace it.
2. Your air conditioner is a sealed system just like your water pipes. The only way refrigerant gets out is if there is a leak. If your air conditioner uses Freon (R22) and it has a leak, replace it. Freon is being phased out and production will cease in 2020. Over the past few years production has been reduced and the Freon has gotten very costly. Costs will continue to sky rocket as we move forward. If your system has a refrigerant leak discuss replacement options.
3. If the compressor or coil in your air conditioner are out of warranty and need replacement or the heat exchanger in the heater is out of warranty and needs replacement, you should replace the whole unit. These components are the most expensive components of the units and spending a lot of money to replace them still leaves you with everything else older and out of warranty meaning a likelihood of additional breakdowns. You can spend a lot of money replacing the main component and then have the smaller ones continue to cost you.
4. If your system is costing you a lot to maintain and is in need of constant repair, costing you time away from more important things, like work and family, waiting for repairs, replace it.
5. If you have noticed a significant increase over the past few years in the cost to heat and cool your home, explore higher efficiency options.
6. If your heating or air conditioning system does not keep you as comfortable as you think it should, talk to the Comfort Experts at Comfort Now.