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Cost and Efficiency Comparison of AC/Heat Pump Replacement vs. Repair

Jun 6th, 2023

When your AC or heat pump is no longer operating at peak performance, choosing whether you need an HVAC professional for repairs or a replacement is crucial.

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Cost and Efficiency Comparison Of AC/Heat Pump Replacement vs. Repair

The Facts You Need to Make This Important Decision

When your AC or heat pump is no longer operating at peak performance, choosing whether you need an HVAC professional for repairs or a replacement is crucial.

On the one hand, repairs may seem like a wise decision, but this could only be a short-term solution with more problems right around the corner. Investing in a new unit would be a significantly greater investment, but you wouldn't need to worry about repairs or problems for many years.

Evaluating the cost difference between replacement installs and repair is essential when making this decision. However, some incentives come with upgrading your system to a newer model. We'll explore the difference between these two options, providing you with all the information you need to make the best decision for your home and needs.

The Pros and Cons of Repairing Your AC/Heat Pump

We always want our major appliances to last as long as possible to ensure we get the biggest return on investment, and a heat pump is no exception to this rule. When you have routine maintenance performed on your unit, it will keep it going longer and operating more efficiently. However, this is not just maintenance that occurs when repairs are needed.

In general, the cost of repairing your AC or heat pump will be significantly less than installing a new one. In most cases, these costs can range anywhere from $150 to $2,000, depending on the severity of the problem. However, there comes a time when the cost of repairs is too much, and you should proceed with an HVAC installation and replacement.

For this situation, you'll want to consider the "Rule of 5,000." Multiply your repair costs by the age of the system - if the total is more than $5,000, you'll definitely want to consider getting a replacement sooner rather than later.

Additionally, if you're constantly repairing your AC or heat pump, those repair costs add up over time. Consider how much you're spending in total. Has the cost of ongoing repairs breached the $5,000 threshold? If so, it might be time to consider a full replacement of your system.

When your system is no longer working efficiently, it can also lead to increased energy costs, and repairs may not be able to fix this. Consulting with a reliable Weber County heating and air conditioning professional will give you the information you need on whether the unit is beyond repair.

The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your AC/Heat Pump

HVAC equipment replacement and installation is the best choice when your unit has met its lifetime. It's also a more efficient option than having two separate units for heating and air conditioning. In either situation, upgrading to a new, more efficient heat pump is an ideal option to help save you money.

A full replacement HVAC installation costs anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on several factors. The unit size, whether your home already has ductwork, and if you opt for a solar-powered heat pump will all impact the overall price of the work performed.

While this may seem like a lot, the value of the investment is significant, as it will increase your home's efficiency dramatically. You'll experience high-efficiency cooling in the summer and the consistent heating capacity of a gas furnace all in one tidy unit.

In addition, you won't have to worry about repairs for several years with a brand-new unit. It will be under warranty, providing you with the necessary peace of mind.

Incentives for Installing a New Heat Pump

Weber County residents are eligible for an incentive program offered through WattSmart and Rocky Mountain Power. Within this program, if you have a dual fuel heat pump installed by a program-eligible trade ally, you'll be eligible for significant discounts.

The requirements include having a permanently installed dual fuel heat pump that serves at least 80% of the home, and the unit must be new out of the package with a rating of 65,000 BTU/hr or less. Depending on the square footage of your home, you may qualify for multiple units. Eligible Tier 1 units offer a $1,600 rebate, and eligible Tier 2 units provide $1,800.

For Premium Replacement Installs in, Absolute Comfort Has You Covered

Whether you need to repair or replace your AC/heat pump, there's no better service than Absolute Comfort. We are a team of absolute professionals who always ensure the job is done correctly while delivering the highest level of service.

You'll never have to worry about our technicians being late or leaving you in the dark. They'll always inform you of their next step before taking it. When you choose us, you'll have an experience unlike any you've ever had.

Call Absolute Comfort today to schedule a free estimate .

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