Repair or Replace


For most of us, one of the hardest decisions when unexpected repairs come up is do we repair it or do we replace it? Many times you look at the immediate cost and opt for the less expensive repair when in the long run your money would be better invested in new equipment.

  • Consider the 50% rule. If the cost of a repair reaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system, it’s probably time to replace it.

There are other factors that can help you make this important decision, even if the repair doesn’t reach that 50% threshold.

  • If your system is more than 12 years old, there are far more efficient and energy cost saving systems out there that could be saving you BIG money. The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is 6 to 12 years, so it might be time to replace.
  • If you’re on your third repair in as many years or if your system is starting to develop a history of problems, it might be time to replace.
  • If you plan on moving soon, you may not get your investment price from a replacement system when you sell, so a repair might serve you better.
  • If you are not comfortable, it might be time to replace. Today’s systems are about more than just keeping your home the right temperature. Today’s home comfort systems can virtually eliminate hot and cold areas, low and high humidity, bad air quality, high utility bills, noisy indoor and outdoor equipment, and much more.
  • If you want to avoid the rush, do it now. Being completely without heat or cooling is miserable. Don’t wait till the hottest part of the summer and then decide you should have replaced instead of repaired. With more calls coming in during the busy season, it can take longer to get your new system installed. You can save money and avoid uncomfortable waits by replacing an aging system in the slower spring and fall months.
  • Does anyone in your family have asthma, allergies or any other air quality health concerns? If so, indoor air quality is an important reason to consider replacing your current heating and cooling system. With many options for improving indoor air quality, you can breathe easier, and so can your family.
  • Tired of power bills that look like the national debt? Then it might be time to replace your heating and air conditioning system. Inefficient home comfort systems are often the number one contributors to high energy consumption. Today’s high-efficiency systems offer many ways to cut those power bills dramatically.
  • Energy tax credits on many high efficiency systems offer a great way to make the most of investing on a new home comfort system. In some cases you can recover up to 30% of the cost of your new system in the form of tax credits and credits from utility companies. Ask our technician today about what energy tax credits and utility credits you may qualify for.
  • Are you concerned about the environment? Then it might be time to replace your old home comfort system. In order to better protect our environment, the US federal government has mandated that all HVAC manufacturers phase out R-22 refrigerant-based systems. Today many manufacturers have systems that use R-410, which is EPA-approved and chlorine-free, reducing the negative impact these systems have on the environment while keeping your family comfortable.
  • Today’s advanced technologies greatly improve the energy efficiency and comfort your family can enjoy. With better humidity controls and conditioned air, you can reduce the potential for mold and mildew growth in your home and minimize the affect of indoor pollutants.

So how do you know? If one or any combination of these factors has you wondering if now is the time to replace instead of repair, talk to our qualified technicians and let them help you make the best choice for your family’s comfort and your peace of mind.