Should you repair or replace your air conditioner, heat pump, furnace or boiler? When something breaks down, it's tempting to go the quick route and pay for repairs to get it up and running again. That quick-fix may seem the least expensive route now, but it may not offer the most value in the long run.

There's a lot to consider:

The following questions will guide you through these points of consideration:

1What type of equipment are you repairing?

Air Conditioner or Heat Pump

Furnace or Boiler

Gas/Electric Packaged Unit

Air Conditioner Details
Air Conditioner Condensing Unit

The air conditioner is part of a split system. You have product that resides inside and outside your home:

  • Air Conditioner - Cools refrigerant
  • Furnace and Evaporator Coil - Converts refrigerant and circulates air
  • Ducts - Carry the air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat - Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators - Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home
Heat Pump Details
Heat Pump Condensing Unit

The Heat Pump is part of a split system. You have product that resides inside and outside your home:

  • Heat Pump - Cools and/or heats refrigerant
  • Furnace with Coil or Air Handler - Converts refrigerant and circulates air
  • Ducts - Carry the air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat - Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators - Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home
Furnace Details
Gas Furnace

The furnace can be part of a split system or may be the only part of your system:

  • Furnace - Circulates air throughout your house
  • Ducts - Carry the air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat - Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators - Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home
Boiler Details
Gas Boiler

The boiler can be part of a split system or may be the only part of your system:

  • Boiler - Circulates water to your radiators
  • Control or Thermostat - Your interface for controlling your system
Packaged System Details
Packaged System

A heat pump or air conditioner combined with an evaporator coil in a single unit outside your home:

  • All you need is a control or thermostat and any air quality accessories you'd like.
  • Packaged Systems may be located on the exterior of your home either on the rooftop or in the yard.
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators - Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home
2What is the age of your equipment?

Less than 6 Years

6-10 Years

11-20 Years

Over 20 Years

Do not Know

Equipment Age and Life Expectancy

Most equipment is designed for a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.

Old Air Conditioner

VS.

Air Conditioner Condensing Unit
Older equipment is prone to the following:
  • More expensive repairs, such as compressors or heat exchangers
  • Much lower energy efficiency vs. today's standards
  • Reduced performance due to clogged or corroding coils
3What is the estimated cost of needed repairs?

Less than $100

$100 - $500

$501 - $1000

Over $1000


Stack of Money - Repair or Replace
Equipment Repair

Repairing existing equipment can be a good decision as long as:

  • The cost of the repair is less than 30% of the cost of new equipment
  • The rest of the system is in excellent operating condition

Otherwise, the cost of the repair would be better invested in a new system.

4Is the equipment still under warranty?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an energy efficiency rating for air conditioners. The higher the SEER, the better the energy performance, the more you save.

5What is the SEER efficiency rating of your equipment?

14 and over

11 - 13

8 - 10

5 - 7

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an energy efficiency rating for air conditioners. The higher the SEER, the better the energy performance, the more you save.

6Type of refrigerant used?
HFC
CFC or HCFC
7Has the air conditioner compressor been replaced recently?
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a measure of a gas furnace's efficiency in converting fuel to energy, by projecting the average thermal efficiency for a complete heating season. A higher AFUE rating means greater energy efficiency

8What is the AFUE efficiency rating of your equipment?

Over 90

87 - 90

80 - 86

70 - 79

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a measure of a gas furnace's efficiency in converting fuel to energy, by projecting the average thermal efficiency for a complete heating season. A higher AFUE rating means greater energy efficienc

9Has the heat exchanger been replaced recently?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

Over 10 years

10Does your equipment turn on and off repeatedly during the day?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

Over 10 years

11Do you have problem rooms that seem to never get warm or cool?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

Over 10 years

12Is the turning on of your equipment noticeable, disturbing or causing annoying vibrations in your home?
Length of Residency
Home: Residential Heaing / Cooling System

If you are moving within the next year or two and believe investing in a new home comfort system will improve the value of your home, you should consider making the investment. If you plan to live in your current residence for many years, it may be wise to invest in your future comfort.

13How long do you expect to stay in this home?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

Over 10 years

Length of Residency
Home: Residential Heaing / Cooling System

If you are moving within the next year or two and believe investing in a new home comfort system will improve the value of your home, you should consider making the investment. If you plan to live in your current residence for many years, it may be wise to invest in your future comfort.

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This result is based on your answers to the questions and is intended to provide information to use when considering whether to repair or replace your equipment. Please contact us to discuss these results by submitting the information below.

Repair or Replace

Repair or Replace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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