There are a few key parameters to consider when making this choice. Discuss
the following factors with your HVAC professional to come to a final decision.
The first thing to consider is the age of your system. Depending on the
quality of your system's installation, your local climate, and your
primary heating source (gas, electric, or heat pump), the life expectancy
of an HVAC system can vary greatly.
Consult the owner's manual for your unit, and look for the manufacturer's
recommended lifetime. Your manual should include ample information to
help you determine how much life may be left in your unit.
Compile your monthly energy statements from the past six months to a year.
The further back you can reference your energy costs the better. Now,
look to see if there has been any decline in your system's efficiency;
this would be indicated by a slow rise in energy costs.
If you don't have any statements, try contacting your energy company
and requesting a record of your account. Also, it may be helpful to contact
your local HVAC professional to schedule an efficiency test for your system.
Using these two sources of information, you should be able to get a good
idea of your unit's performance.
Consider any desires or goals you may have for your home's efficiency
and performance. If you have thought of making the switch to a new fuel
source, a zone heating system, or a heat pump, now may be the time to
pursue those goals.
Instead of fretting the need for a new system, use it as an opportunity
to outfit your home with a replacement that fits your current needs and
desires. If you maintained and cared for your old system, then you can
rest assured knowing you got as much use out of it as possible.
Lastly, pay extra attention to the professional that you hire to install
your new system or evaluate your current system. Proper installation can
make the difference between years of use and thousands of dollars in efficiency,
so it's not an area where you should ever skimp or cut corners.
Now that you’ve been educated on how to tell when to repair or replace
your HVAC system, team up with your local heating and cooling professional
to get the job done right!
Contact us today to get started.