REPLACE OR REPAIR?
When your old heating and air conditioning system breaks down, your first impulse is to call someone to repair it quickly especially if it is very hot or very cold outside. A quick repair may be the best way to get you comfortable again and the least expensive for now, but it could very well cost you a lot more in the long run. Paying for repairs on an old inefficient system simply prolongs the inevitable. You can repair a major problem now, but you could have another breakdown tomorrow. Putting a new part on an old system still leaves you with an old system. Also repairing an old system will only bring the system back to its current level of energy efficiency. After you have made the repairs to the system, you will still probably have higher utility bills than you should. A system that is eight years old or older is probably very inefficient compared to the systems that are available today. You could conceivably save anywhere from 40 to 60% on your energy cost with new high efficiency equipment. With current financing options that are available, a new system can literally pay for itself from energy savings!
Is it time to replace my system?
The best time to replace your system is when YOU are planning on it, not when the system finally fails and you rush into a decision without careful consideration.
The useful life of a system is usually 10 to 15 years for the compressor in the outdoor unit. Heat pump compressors tend to fail earlier than air conditioner compressors because they are used year round. The typical life span of a heating system is between 15 and 20 years.
As your system begins to wear out, you will encounter refrigerant leaks and motor failures. Sometimes, the compressor in the outdoor unit will short out or the heat exchanger in a gas furnace will develop cracks. All of these are expensive repairs and it may prove more cost effective for you to replace your system rather than repair it.
Call JC Hamm and Sons
Whether it is time to replace your unit or simply make some needed repairs, call JC Hamm and Sons today for an honest estimate on the appropriate choice for you and your home.