HVAC system components are built durably to provide years of reliable service, but even with proper care and maintenance they’ll eventually wear out. If a serious problem has developed and you’re facing the difficult decision of whether to repair or replace existing equipment, be sure to weigh the following factors.
Every type of mechanical equipment has an expected service life. When an air conditioner or heat pump is more than 10 years old or a furnace is over 15 years old, it’s approaching the end of its useful lifespan. At this point, investing in new equipment makes more sense than paying for costly repairs.
As your older equipment becomes less reliable, you’ll notice an increase in the number and frequency of necessary repairs. In addition to repeated repair bills, you can be left without a source of heating or cooling if the equipment suddenly fails.
Comfort and Humidity Control
Temperature inconsistencies and poor humidity control are signs it’s time to have a professional assessment of the entire HVAC system. An evaluation can pinpoint what issues need to be addressed, such as heating or cooling equipment that’s oversized, a poorly designed duct system, or problems with the home’s overall efficiency like insufficient insulation or air leakage through the envelope.
Energy efficiency tends to decline as HVAC equipment ages, resulting in a gradual rise in operating costs. Upgrading to efficient new equipment is a major investment, but the potential energy savings can help you recoup the upfront cost over time and increase your home comfort too.
The ducts that distribute your conditioned air are likely routed through unconditioned areas like the attic, crawlspace, or garage. If the ductwork is in poor condition, undesirable contaminants and hazardous combustion fumes can enter and degrade your indoor air quality. After an inspection, your HVAC contractor can advise you if duct sealing is a viable solution or if replacement is necessary.
For expert advice about whether it’s time to repair or replace the HVAC system in your Indianapolis area home, contact the pros at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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