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When to repair and when to replace

If you own your home long enough, at some point you'll find yourself debating whether or not to repair your heating and cooling system or replace it. It's a tough decision, and we completely understand that the struggle is real!

If this is you, or if you think you might be having this debate soon, here are 7 things to consider to help you make a the best decision for your situation.

  1. Try the Formula There's a simple formula that is widely used in the HVAC industry. For systems over 5 years old, multiply the age of the unit by the cost of the repairs. If that number is more than $5,000, it's time to replace. Here's an example: 10 year old unit x $800 repairs = $8,000 (aka time to replace)

  2. Consider your Systems Age Age is a HUGE factor in whether or not you should repair or replace. According to ENERGY STAR, homeowners with air conditioning systems over 10 years and furnaces over 15 years should consider replacement.

  3. Is it Safe? If your system poses a fire or carbon dioxide risk, it's time to replace. Safety first!

  4. Newer Technology and Enhanced Efficiency The HVAC Industry has changed a LOT over the last decade or so. Older analog systems can function well, but modern digital systems open up more opportunity to improve efficiency and communication. If you have an older system, there are plenty of home comfort advancements that could transform your air, including drastically improved efficiency, variable-speed and variable-capacity units, indoor air quality innovations, zoning technology that lets you control temperatures in different sections of your home, and smart thermostats with the amazing ability to monitor sensors in all of your HVAC equipment to react, diagnose, and troubleshoot.

  5. Is my Refrigerant Safe and Current? Changes in regulation on refrigerant from the EPA mean that older units that still use the ozone-depleting R-22 refrigerant will be costlier to repair, as this type of refrigerant has been phased out of production and use in HVAC systems. Its increasing scarcity has already cause the prices to increase and prices will continue to rise at greater expense to homeowners. Some contractors will tell you they have an alternative refrigerant for R-22 systems, but this is simply NOT true. Any "alternatives" are NOT safe and should NOT be used.

  6. It's Your Comfort How does your air feel? When your system is working well, are YOU comfortable? Are the people in your home fighting over the thermostat? If you're seeking a higher degree of home comfort, you can find great options in newer, more advanced systems, like zoning to keep the temperature comfortable for everyone in your home.

  7. Energy savings, rebates, and more! When it is time to replace, you'll find that your energy bill is lower each month, and our team at Stanfield can help you identify any rebates, instant cash, or incentives that might apply to your home, including rebates or credits from your energy provider. Or if you're looking to pay over time, ask us about financing*.

No matter what your situation is, you can always find the right system, at the right price, and the right staff at Stanfield. You won't have to guess whether or not we're being honest with you. Our policy is to provide straightforward estimates and tell you exactly what we would do if it were our home and our system. We give you all of the information you need and the space to make the decision you feel is best for you.

Looking for a free quote? Call us today at 706-549-4767. We're always happy to provide second opinions and quotes.


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