Repair Or Replace
There are six main questions that need to be considered when
deciding to either replace or repair your heating and cooling
Age. How old is your system? If you system is more than ten years
old, it may be wiser to invest in new, higher efficiency equipment,
which could cut your energy costs by as much as 40%.
Efficiency. What is the efficiency level of your current
indoor weather system? Unfortunately, replacing parts of your old
system will not improve the efficiency. If the energy savings of
using a higher efficiency system will cover all or part of the cost
of investing in new equipment, you should seriously consider
replacement of the old system.
Condition. What is the overall condition of your system? If
your system is in solid condition, it could be wiser to simply
repair it. But if your system breaks down often, you should consider
Need for more power. If you need more warmth in the winter or
cooling in the summer, it may simply be a matter of needing more
heating or cooling capacity. The addition of a room of added windows
can often put greater demands on a house's comfort systems.
Cost of Repair. How much is it going to cost to repair the
unit versus replacing it? How much more money is it worthwhile to
put into the old furnace? If the costs of repair and replacement are
close, then it is a pretty easy decision.
Warranty. A new unit is covered by a warranty, and the
existing one is not. Many new furnaces and air conditioners today
have extensive manufacturer's warranties.