Choosing between HVAC repair and HVAC replacement can be a tough call. The best option will give you greater indoor comfort and increased peace of mind at a lower monthly cost. Here are some things to consider before you make a decision:
Would You Gain Financially With HVAC Repair?
The older the unit, the more likely it will be to require additional repairs. Heat pumps last for about 10 years; central air conditioners and furnaces can last for 15 years or more with good maintenance. If your system is in this age range, it’s probably best to replace it, especially if the repair is expensive and the system has been poorly maintained.
Would You Gain Financially With HVAC Replacement?
Upgrading to a new system can save you money. For one thing, a new unit will be more energy-efficient so that it will save you money on utility bills right off the bat. You might also save money if any of the following are true:
- You’ve increased your home’s energy efficiency with attic insulation or new windows, so you might be able to replace your existing system with a smaller and less expensive unit.
- You’re considering a system that qualifies for a federal tax credit.
- You qualify for state or local utility company rebates for energy-efficient upgrades.
- Your HVAC contractor is presently offering manufacturers’ rebates or dealer specials on select new systems.
It’s generally more cost-effective to replace ailing HVAC equipment while it’s still alive rather than waiting until it bites the dust. If you go with HVAC repair, the unit might still die and leave you scrambling for the first replacement system you can find.
William G. Day Company, a trusted Wilmington, Delaware, HVAC contractor for over 20 years, can help you explore your options for an affordable HVAC replacement. Visit us online, or call us directly at (302) 219-5591 for a free quote on a new system.