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 heating or air conditioning system, team up with your local heating and cooling professional to get the job done right! Contact us today to get started.
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