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Replace vs. Repair – Things to Consider

Age of Your System

  • The average life expectancy of an air conditioner or heat pump is 10–12 years.
  • The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15–20 years.
  • Getting a repair on an older unit may be a cheaper short term solution but when the cost of repairs approaches 50% of the value of your heating or cooling system, it’s generally time to replace the system.

Energy Efficiency

  • Equipment that is approaching the end of its life expectancy will typically be much less energy efficient than today’s equipment.
  • Did you know as much as 60% of your annual electricity costs goes towards heating and cooling your home?  Energy costs (gas, oil, electricity) have risen significantly in the last decade. Consider the energy consumption of your unit and your potential savings over its lifetime.
  • Check out our Promotions to see how you can receive up to $650 in incentives when you participate in your local heating & cooling incentive program.

Home Improvements

If there have been upgrades made to your home that improve its insulation and energy efficiency (new windows, doors, insulation, roofing, etc.) then your current unit may actually be oversized or undersized for your needs.

  • A smaller unit would cost less and use less energy to run.
  • Conversely, your current unit may be too small and may be working harder and less efficiently than it should.
  • P.C. Control Systems can perform a heat loss/gain calculation that considers such things as the age of the home, square footage and home’s exposure to the sun.

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