Determining When to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System

February 15, 2017

Proper HVAC maintenance in Alpharetta can help your HVAC system run well for many years. Unfortunately, as heating and cooling systems age, repairs become more frequent, causing many homeowners to wonder if the cost of repairs is worth it or if they should just replace the system entirely. If you find yourself in that situation, here are some things to consider about HVAC system repair in Alpharetta.

How Old?

While age isn’t a concrete factor in determining whether or not you should have your AC repaired or replaced, it is a good starting point. Most HVAC systems have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. However, just because your system is that old doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced, especially if you have had very few problems with it in the past and if it has been well maintained with regular tune ups and inspections. But it is important to remember that the older the system gets, the more likely repairs are, which will become costlier.

How Efficient?

It can be difficult to gauge the efficiency of your system if you don’t pay much attention to how often the system runs and how much you regularly pay in utility bills. Keep track of these factors so that you can see changes over time. If you find that the thermostat has remained consistent but that the energy use has increased, it’s likely that your system can no longer run efficiently enough to be worth the cost of repairs. In addition, if you notice it’s running more often to maintain the same temperature, it may be time for replacement.

What’s the Cost?

Repair costs are often minor, and in these cases you may be better off having the repairs done by Goss Heating & Air. The real question is whether or not to do major, costly repairs on an old unit. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it’s usually a good idea to avoid major repairs because it’s likely you’ll spend more on repairs later as well.