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Should I replace my forced air HVAC system?

There are several things to consider when evaluating whether to repair or replace your HVAC system? The following rule of thumb provides a good baseline when faced with a repair cost. Follow the $6,000 rule. Take the age of the equipment and multiply that by the repair cost. If the number is more than $6,000 you should consider replacing your unit. From an efficiency standpoint you should generally consider replacing your furnace or air conditioner if the following apply:

Replace your air conditioner:

  • If it’s over 15 years old
  • It is rated 10 SEER or less
  • It uses R22 refrigerant
  • It needs frequent repairs

Replace your furnace:

  • If it’s over 15 years old
  • Is rated at 80% efficiency or less
  • It needs frequent repairs

 

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