Warming up to the short-term and long-term options.

If your air conditioner needs repair, it may be time to consider whether to repair or replace.  What will cost you more over the course of time?

Consider the following:

How old is your equipment?  The average lifetime of an air conditioner is between 12 to 15 years.  The average lifetime of a furnace is between 15 to 20 years.  With anything older than that, you’ll need to be prepared for:

  • Repairs being more expensive
  • A significantly reduced level of efficiency
  • Infrastructure with clogs and damage

Here are some factors to consider:

Efficiency levels – A $1,900 annual energy bill is not unusual.  Between heating and cooling, you’re looking at half of your energy costs (at least!)

  • Can you save money with better, more efficient heating or cooling equipment?

History of repairs – What repairs have already been made to the system?  Are you still under warranty?  These are the questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the current status of the warranty?
  • Have you replaced the AC compressor or the heat exchanger recently?

The performance level of the actual equipment – Are you experiencing a comfortable environment from the current equipment?  Here are some things to think about:

  • Is it making strange noises?
  • Is it cooling and heating all areas of your home sufficiently?
  • Do you find that you are too hot during summer or too cold during the winter?
  • Does the equipment have a tendency to turn on and then turn off?
  • Has it been taking longer to cool down or heat up?
  • Are there certain rooms in your house that never seem to get heated or cooled?
  • Have your utility bills been rising for no apparent reason?

Any of these are signs that you may have a problem that needs repair or replacement. In most cases, the longer you delay, the worse any underlying problems will get. So be sure to contact Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning to check out your system whenever you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Are you moving anytime soon?  You may decide that making the investment in a new system will increase the resale value of your home.  If you plan to stay in your house for years, you may want to make an investment for the future.

Or, you may be better off repairing your existing equipment if:

  • Your costs don’t exceed 30% of what new equipment would cost
  • Everything is operating at or near peak efficiency

At Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll give you an always-free estimate with no pressure and no obligation.  Give us a call today for a free quote and let us help you decide whether to repair or replace your system.