When To Repair Your Heating and Cooling System, and When To Replace It Instead
A broken or faulty HVAC system can be overwhelming, especially when it comes time to decide whether to repair your current system or to replace it completely. While a new heating and cooling system is expensive, it’s a good investment to make if your current system is nickel-and-diming you out of a sizable chunk of money. But the question is, how do you determine what to do? At Air Solutions, our certified heating and cooling specialists are here to help.
Steps to HVAC Repair or Replacement
Step One: Identify The Issue
If your heating and cooling system are on the fritz, the first step is to contact one of our certified HVAC professionals and have them inspect your unit. They’ll be able to diagnose any problems and provide you with a clear repair estimate.
Step Two: Follow the $5,000 Rule
One handy rule of thumb when it comes to HVAC repair is this: multiply the age of your unit by your estimated repair cost. If you get more than $5,000, you may consider replacing your unit. If it’s less than $5,000, you should probably repair it instead.
Step Three: Stay Up to Date
The best time to make a decision about repairing or replacing your HVAC unit isn’t when you’re sitting in a frigid house in the middle of winter, or in a hot and sticky house in the throws of summer. It’s better if you keep up to date with the age of your system (AC units typically have a life span of 10-12 years, while furnaces can usually last from 15-20), your energy costs, your readiness to invest in a new unit, and whether or not your current unit is still under warranty. This way you can make an informed decision in an emergent situation, or better yet, you can replace or repair your unit before it goes out.
Energy Savings in Newer HVAC Units
Making the investment of a new heating and cooling system can seem overwhelming. However, it’ll save you more down the road in both energy savings and in money you aren’t spending on consistently making repairs.
On average, replacing the following systems can save you:
- Air Conditioner: $140/year
- Furnace: $372/year
- Heat Pump: $526/year
Trust Certified Professionals
When it comes to replacing or repairing your HVAC system, you don’t have to make the decision alone. At Air Solutions, our certified heating and cooling specialists are experienced in diagnosing system problems and are well-versed in the newest HVAC technology – making them a valuable resource to rely on while weighing your options. We make sure repairs are done correctly, and if you make the decision to replace your unit, we also carry a variety of the latest HVAC units, including those by Trane – the brand that has been recognized for five years in a row as being America’s most trusted HVAC system.