How do I know whether my heating and cooling equipment needs replacement or just repair?

This is not an easy question to answer, but here are some factors to consider:

1. The age of the current system. Today, any system that is more than ten years old is probably behind the times in terms of efficiency.
2. Does the existing system provide the level of comfort that you want? There is a growing difference between “builder grade” and consumer choice in what a system can offer in terms of comfort and convenience.
3. How much will the repairs cost, and how many more repairs will you need in the future? Is keeping an older system operational worth the time, the money and the inconvenience?
4. Replacing older equipment with new technology can typically have a payback of less than 5 years.