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When to Repair vs Replace Your HVAC System

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Rising energy bills, outmoded technology, overall poor performance — certain telltale signs indicate it’s time to think about replacing your HVAC system. An unexpected repair tends to bring the issue to the forefront. The following tips can help you discern if it makes more financial sense to replace your heating or cooling system or fix it.

The Age of Your HVAC System

Age is a key factor when considering whether to repair or replace. The service lifespan of a central air conditioning system is 10 to 15 years. Furnaces typically work well for 15 to 20 years. Consider whether it’s better to invest in a new installation rather than pouring money into a system on its last legs.

The Energy Efficiency Factor

While there’s no denying that replacing an aging HVAC requires a significant investment, you can look forward to saving money over the long run. For example, older gas-fired furnaces have efficiencies between 56% and 70%. Today, you’ll find models with efficiencies of 98% or higher. You can expect to cut your heating costs in half by combining a new installation with a few energy efficiency upgrades.

Savings are equally impressive when you replace an aging AC system with a new one. The most efficient models use up to 50% less energy than older units. Even if your air conditioning system is fairly new, you can shave up to 40% off your cooling costs by replacing it with a more efficient model.

Improved Performance

Thanks to advancements in technology, new HVAC systems not only operate more efficiently but perform better as well. Many models feature innovations that significantly improve your comfort. Variable-speed blowers are a perfect example. Instead of intermittent blasts or hot or cold air, they adjust airflow automatically to match your needs. The bonus? This technology lowers your energy bills as well!

Serving the Denver area since 1988, Apple Aire Heating & Cooling is a company you can trust to install the ideal HVAC system. To learn more, check out our Repair or Replace? section or call us today!