If your heating or cooling unit is not functioning properly, you may have asked yourself “should I replace or repair my equipment?” Before deciding to repair or replace your heating or cooling unit, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
By answering these questions, you will be able to determine what the best course of action is.
Questions To Ask Yourself To Determine If You Should Replace Or Repair Your Equipment
1. Age Of Your Unit
Older units can be difficult to acquire replacement parts for repairs. As manufacturers design and market newer more energy efficient models, they begin to phase out older models and their parts. If your home has an older unit that needs repairs, it may be more cost effective to replace the unit rather than searching for much needed parts.
2. Efficiency Of Unit
If your air conditioner or heater is older than 10-15 years the best idea is to usually replace the entire unit rather than attempting to have it repaired. Many people choose to replace older units before repairs are even needed. This is due to the inefficiency of the overall unit. While your heating and cooling unit may seem to be working fine, chances are it is not functioning to its full potential. A newer unit will heat and cool your home while using less overall energy.
3. Overall Condition Of Unit
While an older unit may warrant replacement, you should always consider the condition of the existing unit. In many case, your unit may only need to be fine-tuned or cleaned up. Not every issue within your heating and cooling system requires parts to be replaced. Having a heating and cooling specialist that can repair and fine-tune your older unit, like us here at Bruce’s AC, may save you money in the long run.
4. How Often Is Your Unit Running?
Is this the home you live in all year or a vacation home that is used only on occasion? If your unit is beginning to show signs of trouble but is not used all the time, you may be able to have it repaired and buy yourself some time. If you rely on your heating and cooling unit on a regular basis, you may find that replacing it is a more convenient option. This will help you to avoid the air conditioner going out on the hottest day of the year.
5. How Long Do You Plan To Stay In Your Home?
Whether or not you are planning on staying in your home for many more years is a big factor in deciding whether to repair or replace your heating and cooling units. If you are planning on moving soon, you can save money by having the unit repaired. If you are looking at residing in the home for many more years, a replacement will be a better option as you won’t have to worry about a possible failure down the road.
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