Repair or Replace Your Old Furnace or AC—That Is the Question
Heating and cooling systems can last up to 20 years, and you’ll likely have a few repairs along the way. But how many repairs are too many? The time will come when it’s no longer practical to fix an aging unit, and you’ll need to start shopping for a new one.
It’s an investment in your home and comfort, so it’s best to consider your options before another problem forces you to make a hurried purchase. The experts at Gross Heating & Air Conditioning recommend these three tips to help you make an informed decision about when to replace your furnace or air conditioner:
- Put safety first—if there is any risk of fire, dangerous fumes like carbon monoxide, or a failure that leaves you at the mercy of extreme weather, replacement is the only way to go. In fact, a reputable heating and cooling company won’t make a repair unless they are certain it’s a safe solution.
- Consider operating costs—when looking at the price of a new furnace or AC, don’t forget to look at your old utility bills. Chances are, they’ve increased as your system has grown older and less efficient. When you upgrade to a new, high-efficiency unit, you may be able to reduce those monthly bills by up to 20 percent. That, along with the money you save when you don’t need frequent repairs, definitely helps to offset the purchase price while ensuring reliable service
- Know when to let go—Carrier® products have an excellent warranty, so some repairs will be covered for up to 10 years. After that time, however, you’ll need to weigh your options. As a general guideline, consider replacement if the equipment is beyond three-quarters of its life expectancy and repairs will cost more than a third of replacement.
New and Improved Comfort
When the time comes to replace your air conditioner or furnace, consider another improvement—indoor air quality products that can protect your health and improve your comfort. It’s easy—and more affordable—to combine the addition of an air purifier or whole-home humidifier with a new system installation. The result will be cleaner, more comfortable air, along with ideal temperatures.
For help with new HVAC products that fit your budget, as well as maintenance services that help them last longer, contact Gross Heating. We’re happy to provide estimates or answer any questions you have about replacements or repairs for your home or business.
Gross Heating & Air Conditioning
3260 N. 126th Street
Brookfield, WI 53005
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