Repair or Replace: Consider These Questions
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Repair or Replace: Consider These Questions


Sometimes there isn’t a clear cut way to decide whether to repair or replace your current HVAC system. Its age, condition, repair costs, and the degree to which you’re satisfied with the comfort it provides are all part of the final decision.

How old is it?

Most HVAC systems last between 15–20 years. If you’ve kept yours in good condition through routine professional maintenance and filter changes, it may outperform a system that’s been neglected.

How many repairs has it needed?

At some point, keeping an older HVAC system running can start to cost you in parts and labor than it’s worth. It’s hard to estimate what an older system is worth, but when repair bills start to mount each season, it may be time to replace it.

Does it keep you comfortable?

If you have rooms that aren’t as comfortable as they once were, or the system doesn’t provide the comfort you want during extreme weather, you may need a new system.

What are the energy bills like?

Rising energy bills that aren’t weather or based on increasing energy costs often indicate a system that’s nearing the end of its useful life. As HVAC systems age, they tend to use more energy.

Do you have energy usage concerns?

Energy efficiency standards have increased over the last few decades. For some, the issue of repair or replace isn’t as much a consideration as unnecessary energy waste is. New equipment not only offers better efficiency and more options that reduce energy usage and increase overall home comfort.

Does it use R-22?

The cost of R-22 or Freon will continue to rise and by 2020, the only supplies available will be from reclaimed sources. The U.S. EPA-mandated dwindling supply of Freon and R-22 has already increased its price substantially, and it will continue to cost more to replace the refrigerant if your system uses this type.

The answers to the questions about whether to repair or replace may not always be straight-forward. If you’d like more information, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, providing top-notch HVAC services for Portland-area homeowners.

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