If you’ve had your central cooling or heating system for more than 10-15 years, you’ll want to avoid investing in a major repair since the furnace or A/C likely has only a year or two left in its service life. Consider the following questions to help you decide whether to repair or replace.
- How old is your furnace, A/C or heat pump? This will help determine whether your system is nearing the end of its useful service life. A gas furnace should last at least 15 years, while an A/C or heat pump may be closer to the 12- to 15-year range. If your system is nearing these ranges, start researching your options for replacement. That way, you’ll be ready when yours fails or you can take advantage of a good deal, if one arises. Keep in mind that a well-maintained HVAC system will last longer than one that hasn’t received annual preventative maintenance.
- How has the climate in your area affected usage? A furnace operating seven months a year in a cold-winter climate won’t last as many years as one that is just operating from November through March. The same applies to an A/C. Here in Northeast Ohio, your furnace will get heavy usage; your A/C less so. Factor in usage when considering the service life of your HVAC system.
- What’s the repair history of your furnace, A/C or heat pump? If your system has been seeing more frequent repairs and is nearing the end of its life span, start planning a replacement. At a certain point, it no longer makes sense to continue throwing good money after bad.
- How high are your utility bills? If you have an older HVAC system, and you notice your gas and/or electric bills have been rising, it could be a result of eroding energy efficiency. If you invest in a new high-efficiency furnace or A/C, you’ll immediately start seeing the results in lower utility bills.
For more help deciding whether to repair or replace your Cleveland area home’s HVAC system, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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