Today’s blog post, we want to talk a little bit about repair versus replacement in Heat and Air Choctaw OK units. So the question is “when is a good time to replace my Heat and Air Choctaw OK equipment or should I have it repaired?” Well, the first thing you’d want to look at is the age of the equipment. The age of the equipment has a lot to do with whether it’s worth repairing or worth replacing or if it’s time to invest in new equipment. If your system is 10 years old or greater, then you need to really take a hard look at whether it is cost effective to repair the system and what the repair is. If it’s a compressor on an air conditioner, that can be a very expensive repair. If it’s a heat exchanger and a furnace, that also can be a very expensive repair. So, the type of repair that you’re having to do would be a huge factor in whether to repair or replace your Heat and Air Choctaw OK system.
The age of the equipment is the biggest factor for success in your Heat and Air Choctaw OK unit. So if it’s 10 years or older than, I would highly suggest taking a hard look at replacing versus repairing. And then the second factor would be the estimated cost of repairs. If your costs exceed $500, let’s say, then the money that you’re spending to repair a 10 year old or plus system, that money could be spent towards the investment of newer, higher efficient equipment that would end up saving you money in the long run. The old equipment could possibly be more expensive to operate, whereas a newer high efficiency system would end up saving you money in the long run because of reduced operating costs. And then the third factor would be indoor equipment condition, meaning your furnace or your air handler, uh, what kind of condition they’re in if they’re in good average, fair or poor condition depends with Heat and Air Choctaw OK.
Poor condition would mean a, it’s leaking water, condensation, leaking air. You have air leaks around, your doors, your cabinets, your plenums, you have freon leaks in the coils. Freon leaks would be a huge factor in determining whether to repair or replace a fair condition with Maine that it’s somewhat aged and it’s becoming deteriorating. It’s starting to show some signs of age and you’re having more and more breakdowns every year. And so that would be the condition of that. And another factor would be to consider the condition of the outdoor equipment, meaning your air conditioner or your heat bump. If it’s good condition and it’s not that old. If it’s average condition, then it’s probably five to seven years old. If it’s in fair condition, then maybe 10 to 12 years old if it’s poor condition than it would be 12 to plus years old.
Again, you need to consider the history behind the repairs with your Heat and Air Choctaw OK unit, how many times you’re having to repair it over the last few years. So it’s important that you keep track of your maintenance bills, uh, and your repair bills so that you’ll know how much you’re spending on repairs every year for the old equipment. And if it’s in poor condition, then you have already spent money maybe on a fan motor or a run capacitor, things of that nature from time to time over the past few years. And if it is in poor condition, then it would begin to show signs of age, rest. It would have some corrosion on the case. The, the fins on the outdoor unit would be damaged either due to hail or just general wear, things of that nature. It would be rattling the case would be loose and making noise, things like that. And then, uh, another factor would be how long you plan to stay in the home.
If you’re going be moving out and two years or less, then it may not be in your best interest to invest in new equipment. The other thing to consider is if you are going to be moving out or you’re, you are going to be moving out soon, you could invest in equipment to help the value of the property. Yeah. If you’re going plan on staying there within five to seven years, then it would definitely be worth repairing. I mean replacing the equipment so you could see the benefits of the new equipment and because you definitely want to enjoy the benefits of the new equipment. If you choose to invest in new equipment. So if you’re going to stay in the home anywhere from five to seven years, then you’re going to see some of the energy savings. The payback on energy savings is typically around five to seven years, depending on the efficiency level of the equipment. Another factor to consider would be is how many repairs you’ve had done under warranty. If your equipment is within the 10 year warranty period, then how many times have you had to have that repaired under warranty?
Another factor would be what efficiency level for your Heat and Air Choctaw OK equipment is, does it meet the minimum standards today? The minimum efficiency standard today is 14 SEER. SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s an acronym spelled out. It’s like a stamp that the government puts on all manufacturers equipment to tell the consumer how energy efficient it is. And as I said, the minimum is 14 and right now the Max is around 20 this year. So if your equipment is below the minimum, then it would be in your best interest to upgrade, especially if your system is 10 years or older and showing signs of age and you’ve had quite a few repairs over the past few years, then it might be time for an upgrade. So, if your system is below the minimum, then it would be a good idea to upgrade to something that’s going to end up saving you money, reducing your operating costs, increasing your comfort level, things of that nature.
The next thing would be the type of refrigerant that uses your Heat and Air Choctaw OK energy. If it uses the old refrigerant, which is our 22, then it would definitely be in your best interest to replace the aging equipment. If it’s 10 years or older and it is in fair to poor condition and if you’re going to stay in the home greater than two years and you’re running on R-22 refrigerant, then it is definitely time for an upgrade. The, R-22 refrigerant is being phased out, meaning January 1st of 2020, there can be no more R-22 manufactured or imported into the U s under the current laws we have now. So, the cost of R-22 refrigerant is going to continue to go up, as we approached that phase out date. So, when that happens, the price of the refrigerant is going to be so expensive that you won’t even be able to repair your system. So, all those things are considered too, are things to be considered when, it’s time to repair or replace your equipment. So all those things are something that you need to take into fact consideration when you’re making a decision to repair or replace. Thank you and have a good day.