A host of factors can determine whether you should repair or invest in a new HVAC unit, but the number one reason is the age of your system.
If your unit is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. A newer unit will most definitely lower your energy bill, run more efficiently keeping your house cool with a comfortable humidity level, and properly purify the air you breathe.
If your unit was manufactured before 2006, it may have a SEER rating lower than 13. Lower energy efficiency could result in higher energy costs than purchasing a new unit.
If your system uses Freon or (R-22), repairing leaks and adding coolant can be costly, not to mention environmentally irresponsible. In 2020, production of Freon units will cease, and the cost of service calls involving Freon will skyrocket.
There is a simple yet direct correlation between the loudness of your unit and its efficiency. A unit that has become excessively noisy could indicate that it’s time to invest in a replacement.
Tax Credits and Rebates
To lesson negative environmental impact, tax credits and utility company rebates may be offered if you replace old appliances with higher efficiency units. Check your local utility company or Energy.gov to see if you qualify.
Repair Bills and Frequency
Paying for frequent repairs yet your energy bills are still climbing? It may be time to throw in the towel and invest in a new unit. If the repair cost would cover a large portion of a new unit (at least 50%) it might be a better financial decision to purchase a new system. In the long run, a higher efficiency system will save money, provide a more comfortable living environment, and reduce your energy footprint.
It can be tricky to answer the “To Repair or To Replace” question on your own. Hiring a qualified professional will help determine the best solution for you. Give us a call at 321-300-1407. We’re here to help!
Altman’s Cooling & Heating proudly serves Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the surrounding communities.