Your once new shiny car is now sitting in your garage and it won’t start. You maintained it well and regularly had it serviced over the years, but time has taken it’s toll. Is it something that needs to be repaired or is it time to trade the car in for a new one? Just like your car, the plumbing and HVAC equipment in your home need to be serviced regularly and there comes a point when eventually it needs to be replaced.
The question we keep hearing from home owners is “Should I get it repaired or replaced?”. Depending on the type of equipment you have installed in your home the symptoms may vary, but here are some basic telltale signs that it might be time to change your heating and cooling equipment or improve the performance of your system.
Frequent Repairs or Higher Energy Bills
Dry or Excess Humidity
Strange Noises from your Heating or Cooling System
Rooms are Too Hot or Too Cold
Furnace and Boiler 15+ Years Old
Heat Pump and Air Conditioner 10+ Years Old
If you’re equipment is over 10 or 15 years old, the biggest benefit will be in energy savings. Most tank and tankless hot water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners made today have a much higher energy efficiency rating than older models. Look for Energy Star and EnerGuide qualified products for the most energy efficient options.
As there are many things to take into consideration when deciding to repair or replace, we highly recommend you start by having a professional come in and service your equipment. Ask the service technician for an assessment of the remaining life of the unit. If the unit has failed or you have been having issues with it, ask the technician to give you a cost comparison for repairing or replacing. A good rule of thumb: If the cost to repair your equipment exceeds 50% of the systems value, you are better off replacing it.
Tips for extending the life of your equipment:
If you are considering repairing or replacing your equipment contact us today! True North Comfort technicians are experienced in all brands and models and we can advise as to the best options for your home comfort.