Heating System Repair vs Replace
Should I repair or replace my heating and air conditioning system? Last time when we discussed that question, we examined the role heat load calculations play in making that decision.
Today I am going to discuss something a bit more obvious—age of your system. There are a couple of things that make this decision to repair or replace more difficult. You may have a perfectly running system, 10 or 15 years old…and yet it still may be time to replace it.
You might be thinking “why would that be?”
One of the issues is that the physical life of your heating and air conditioning system can be longer than the economic life. It is similar to computers. When we replace computers many times they are functioning just fine, but new features, new operating systems, etc may be able to make us significantly more efficient.
A system that is 15 or 20 years old even if it has been well maintained may have more problems than you think. For example, it is not uncommon for the heat exchanger on your furnace to crack. If you have been reading earlier blogs, you know that a cracked heat exchanger could result in deadly carbon monoxide spewing into your home.
Then there are the economic advantages to consider. Ask yourself “are utility rates going to continue to rise?” The answer is probably. Buying a new efficient system now can be a hedge against those rising utility costs. It is not uncommon to save so much money on energy usage that you get a “payback” on the entire system.
Remember once the payback is reached, it's almost like receiving dividends on your investment.
If you are still not sure…give us a call. We can perform a free energy analysis on your current system and provide you with a comparison analysis on a number of new highly efficient systems.