When Do Experts Advise That You Buy a New HVAC System?

If you’re a homeowner long enough, odds are that buying a new HVAC system will eventually be on your agenda. Assuming the system receives annual professional maintenance recommended by manufacturers, average service life of a central AC is 12 to 15 years, while a gas-fired furnace may deliver about 20 years of reliable heating. Eventually, however, buying a new HVAC system will become the more cost-effective and convenient alternative to keeping aging, marginal units running for another season.

What’s the Tipping Point?

  • You’re facing expensive repairs. The high price of replacing a defective compressor is not a good buy once a central AC is 10 years old. If your furnace requires a new heat exchanger — a critical safety component with an average cost at around $1,500 — that’s generally a deal-breaker if the unit’s within five years of its expected service life.
  • Reliability is becoming an issue. If your AC or furnace is letting you down often and requiring more-frequent service calls, the inconvenience, temporary discomfort, and mounting repair bills eventually reach critical mass. Replacing the unit becomes a more viable, proactive alternative.
  • Operating costs are rising. If your monthly energy expenses for cooling or heating are increasing, AC and/or furnace efficiency may be the reason. Eventually, overall system wear and tear takes its toll, and efficiency loss cannot be restored with repairs.

When to Make the Switch

The best time for buying a new HVAC system is simple: before the situation becomes urgent. Waiting until a sweltering summer heat wave strikes to replace a central air conditioner on its last legs, or putting off replacement of a failing furnace until winter temps plummet below freezing, do not create the most favorable buying scenarios.

Transitional seasons — spring and fall — are preferable for buyers, as well as more convenient for everyone. At those times, HVAC dealers typically offer the best deals and inducements, a wider assortment of the newest models, and fast installation.

Buying a new HVAC system should be a positive step toward improved home comfort, efficiency, and lower monthly costs. Contact the professionals at Paitson Bros. — on the job in Terre Haute since 1922 — for more details.

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