Repairing vs. Replacing your Air Conditioner in Your Home
Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?
Expert advice from AirServ Mechanical Group
If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has broken down and you’ve noticed it’s not working as it once was, you may think, should you repair or replace?
- Is it too soon for replacement?
- Can I get some more years out of my AC unit?
- Are repairs your best choice?
- Would a newer, more efficient HVAC system offer you the better options you’ve been looking for?
When determining HVAC repairs vs. replacement, there are many things to consider. Our AC and heating repair experts at AirServ Mechanical Group will look at these questions. We have helped many New Jersey homeowners make the right choice.
Benefits of Replacing Your HVAC System
These are the benefits associated with HVAC system replacement.
Cost Savings – If your system is more than 10 years old and repair costs are approaching 40-50% of the value of the system, a great deal of energy can be saved by upgrading to a newer, more efficient system. Depending on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), upgrading could save you 20% to 40% on heating and cooling costs per year on energy bills.
If you measure furnace efficiency, systems from the 1980’s or 90’s offer AFUE ratings of about 65-75%, while today’s models offer near total efficiency: 97%. That adds up to a lot of energy dollars.
Tax Incentives – In addition to energy savings that add up over the lifetime of your new system, available tax credits and incentives could save you up to 20-30% of the cost of newer, high-efficiency systems. Look for the ENERGY STAR label for your best options when considering repairing vs. replacing your HVAC system.
Warranty – Newer units come with a warranty which helps you save on repair costs should any issues arise.
Green Benefits – The U.S. Government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have mandated the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant by 2020 to protect the ozone. Upgrading to an R-410A system not only helps the environment but also helps you avoid the high costs of repairing an older system. As supplies of R-22 are further cut each year because of the phase-out.
Home Comfort & Air Quality – Newer systems do a better job of controlling temperature and humidity, which reduces mold and mildew growth. It also improves both comfort and air quality in your home. At AirServ, we install UV lights in our new HVAC systems installs to provide that extra air quality in your home.
Convenience – No more waiting around in an uncomfortable home for repair services or hard-to-find parts for your old system. AirServ offers 24/7 emergency HVAC repairs, but in some older units, we may have to wait for a part to come in, before your HVAC unit is up and running.
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Benefits of HVAC Repairs
Here’s how to tell if HVAC repair, as opposed to HVAC replacement, is the right route:
The Half Rule – If the repair costs of your system are less than half of its value. And you haven’t needed frequent service calls to keep your system running, repair may be what you need.
Selling Your Home – If you are planning on selling your home in the next year and your system is still working, talk to your local real estate agent to determine whether repairing or replacing the HVAC system would be in your best interest.
Maintenance – If your system is between 8 -12 years old, not old or new, some simple maintenance and repairs may help prolong its lifespan. Making AC replacement unnecessary.
Ask AirServ if this is in your best interest, and if so, what you can do to get a few more miles out of your existing system.
Recognizing the Time to Repair or Replacement Your HVAC System
These are signs that it may be time to call AirServ Mechanical Group:
Age – When it comes to repair vs. replacement of your HVAC system, the EPA and Department of Energy’s joint ENERGY STAR program recommends this. Systems older than 10 years old and furnaces or boilers older than 15 years old be replaced. Though these systems may last a few years longer, they will increasingly lose energy efficiency over time, costing you more money.
Frequent Breakdowns – If your system isn’t performing during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Has broken down multiple times over the past several years, it is time to replace your HVAC systems. Sometimes, repairs can add up over time. This costs you more than investing in a new HVAC system.
Uneven Temperatures – Uneven temperatures are an indicator of a possible need for a heating and cooling upgrade.
Loud Sounds – If your system has to run hard to keep up with the heating and cooling demands of your home, it can become noisy or turn off randomly. Establish and maintain a regular maintenance schedule to preserve your system. This includes seasonal professional maintenance to prevent problems before they happen.
If you’re having difficulty determining whether either repair or replacement is in your best interest, contact AirServ today. Our professional technicians treat your home like it is our own.