Is it time to buy a new HVAC system?


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Old 07-07-11, 10:32 AM
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Is it time to buy a new HVAC system?

We moved into our house back in July 2009 (it was built in 2001). Since that time, we've had the following work done to the unit (luckily, we had a home warranty each time):


10/2009 - replaced run capacitor (5mfd).
12/2010 - found inducer not running at full strength due to swollen capacitor. Replaced capacitor.
Jan 2011 - replaced inducer assembly, motor wheel, hull efect sensor housing, 4uf capacitor

Given that it's a 10-year old unit and it's had problems several times, should we start seriously looking at replacing the unit, or just keep "patching it" for a couple of more years? Not sure if this matters, but the house is 2100 sq. ft.

Here are the specs:

Carrier - combination gas heating/electric cooling unit (it uses gas packs)

Model: 48GS-042090301

S/N - 1201G14232

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Andy
 
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Old 07-07-11, 02:53 PM
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average life of that unit would be 12-16 years
 
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Old 07-07-11, 03:44 PM
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So, are you thinking we should just let it limp along a couple of more years (and keep buying the home warranty as a hedge in case it fails completely)?

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Old 07-07-11, 03:53 PM
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well, how much is the warranty vs how much have you been spending on repairs? Let it run till it fails again and replace at that time or be preemptive and replace sooner. Only you can make that decision.
 
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Old 07-23-11, 02:45 PM
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I wouldn't wish a home warranty on my worst enemy. They are nothing more than a insurance plan and they want to avoid paying out claims.

You should also weigh the savings you will get from a more efficient unit. Depending on your location and local rebates. You could pay for the equipment very quick from just the energy savings.
 

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