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HVAC Repair Or Replace? Know the difference

HVAC Repair Or Replace? Know the difference

If you're in need of HVAC repair, it’s often hard to know whether you should go ahead and have it fixed or consider replacing the whole unit. Crystal technicians will always give you honest answers when it comes to your furnace or air conditioning repair. Here are some general guidelines we give customers for what’s best for their situation.

Tips for Determining HVAC Repair or Replacement

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When your furnace meets the following criteria, it’s usually best to replace it.

It’s 15 Years or Older

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, furnaces last 15-30 years and then will start to require major HVAC repair services. If you've been keeping preventative maintenance appointments regularly, your furnace may be in decent shape at the 15 year mark but you'll soon have components breaking down. You can think of your HVAC unit being similar to an old car: minor repairs here and there are one thing, but you never know when the big ticket part will fail.

The Cost of a Furnace Repair is Half as Much as a New Unit

It’s hard to swallow the price of a brand new furnace, but it’s just not wise to dump half the value of a new unit into fixing an old one. You should consider an HVAC repair if it costs less than half of a replacement, but if your old furnace is over 3/4 of its life expectancy and you're looking at a big chunk of change to fix it, replace it.

You're Constantly Calling for HVAC Repair Services

We love to see our customers, but if you just had Crystal in your home last year to fix a blower motor, last month to fix an ignition switch, and now there’s a strange grinding sound coming from your furnace, it’s probably time to throw in the towel and spring for a new unit. Now keep in mind that we’re talking about an old unit. If your furnace is only a few years old and you’re dealing with a lot of repairs, we should talk about your warranty.

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Your Heating Bills Have Gone Up

If you compare this winter’s energy bills to last year's and you see a significant increase, your furnace is working harder. This could mean internal components are having a harder time keeping up with your comfort demands, and a big furnace repair is just around the corner. As you consider whether to replace your heater, keep in mind that a new high-efficiency furnace will result in lower monthly energy bills for years to come.

When You Need HVAC Repair in St. Louis, Call Crystal!

We know making the decision to purchase a new HVAC unit is tough, so we promise to always be honest with our customers about furnace and air conditioning repairs. If you suspect a problem with your heating and cooling system or you want to discuss purchasing a new unit, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to examine your system and have an open, honest discussion about what’s best for your comfort and budget needs.

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