If you’re wondering whether to repair or replace aging or failing heating and cooling equipment, the New Jersey climate offers you some clues to take into consideration. First, though, you must go through a checklist of standard “repair or replace” questions that need to be considered: How old is your equipment? Heat pumps and air conditioners have lifespans of about 10 years, while furnaces and boilers typically last 15 years. If yours are approaching these thresholds, replacement is usually a better option. Are your energy bills rising? If they are even though you’re not running your HVAC equipment more frequently than usual, it can be a sign that you need to replace your equipment. Does your home heat or cool unevenly? This can be caused by poor insulation or problems with your ductwork, but it can also result from inefficiencies in aging or faulty HVAC equipment. Are you experiencing humidity problems? Excessive humidity in the summer and problem dryness in the winter can signal heating and cooling equipment malfunctions. Is your system noisier than usual? Odd clanging, banging, grinding, and whirring noises can signal serious problems, especially if a technician has recently inspected or repaired the equipment. How frequently do you need repairs? If you’re having your heating and cooling equipment serviced more than once a year, it will likely prove to be worth investing in new equipment. Today’s HVAC equipment offers superior energy efficiency, allowing you to enjoy additional savings in the form of reduced electricity and fuel consumption rates. Because we in New Jersey experience intense weather at both ends of the spectrum during summer and winter, your home’s heating and cooling equipment work harder than most. Given our climate, it is generally better to replace your equipment than repair it, if it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. If you’re facing a “repair or replace” dilemma and you have additional questions, or if you want to learn more about the complete range of energy-efficient home heating and cooling appliances we have in stock, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Pipe Works Services. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whether to repair or replace any other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.