Should I Repair or Replace My HVAC System?
Ah… the age-old question that has struck fear into the hearts of many men and women over the years: Should I repair or replace my HVAC system? If this sounds familiar, take heart. The truth of the matter is that the answer is quite simple.
Repair vs. Replace: the Basics.
When it comes to considering whether or not to replace your HVAC system, their are two basic factors to weigh: the age of your system, and the projected cost of anticipated repairs. To further simplify the issue, take a look at the helpful chart above. It becomes clear that at a certain point, the benefits of repairing a system no longer outweigh benefits of replacing it. The advantage of continued HVAC system repair generally wanes at about the $1000 cost mark. In terms of unit age, we tend to see a shift occurring at around the 10-12 year mark.
Naturally, there are other factors that can affect your decision making process in either direction. A system that has been diligently maintained will often continue performing well long after its standard life expectancy. However, a standing pilot furnace built before 1995 is likely to be operating at less than 60%, and an air conditioning unit in the same age range will likely have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 8 or even less. In cases like these, replacement is recommended whether or not you’re facing a repair need. The current levels set by the US Department of Energy require a minimum of 14d SEER on all new air conditioning units.
The secret to avoiding confusion and anxiety when approaching the decision to repair or replace your HVAC is to do your reserarch now – even if you choose not to replace your system until later. Become familiar with what’s available, with what you need, what it will likely cost, and when you can expect to need it. Developing a strategy for replacement is not only smart, it’s also the best way to get the most for your money in terms of technology and value. Besides, there’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes from research and wise planning.
Contact South Nashville Heating & Cooling
Of course, if you’re still confused, just give us a call! Our expert technicians will be happy to help you size up your HVAC situation. We can assist you in honestly weighing your options, and making the choice that’s best for your needs. At South Nashville Heating & Cooling, we offer professional commercial & residential heating system maintenance, repair and installation you can count on! Give us a call at (615) 834-1636 to set up a free in-home consultation!