HVAC Basics: Before you buy - Part 3 "Repair or Replace?"

Confused about home heating and cooling? Don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry. Our parter Trane has created a comprehensive guide for what you need to know about home heating and cooling before you buy. If you missed Parts 1 and 2 check out https://www.servicefirsttradeworks.com/post/hvac-basics-before-you-buy-part-1-overview-cost as we wrap up what you need to know to make the best choice for you and your home.


Replace your system when:

It needs frequent repairs. It’s suffering from poor performance. Your energy costs rise.

Replace your air conditioner if:

It’s over 10 years old. Is rated 10 SEER or less.

Replace your furnace if:

It’s over 15 years old. Is rated 80% AFUE or less.

Replace your heat pump if:

It’s over 10 years old. Is rated 10 SEER or less | 8 HSPF or less.

FINANCIAL TIP: FOLLOW THE $5,000 RULE Take the age of the equipment and multiply that by the estimated repair cost. If the number is more than $5,000, then you should consider replacing your unit.



A dealer is your best and only resource to truly evaluate your home HVAC needs. Plus they can work with you to recommend a custom solution that fits your home and budget. Here at Service First Tradeworks we can help you with:

  • Custom Home Evaluations

  • Emergency repairs and seasonal maintenance

  • Indoor air quality evaluation

  • Local rebates and special offers


Over half of the energy usage in your home goes towards heating and cooling.

For all your plumbing, heating and cooling needs give us a call at Service First Tradeworks Ltd. (250) 832-5558 or (250) 675-3668. Proud to be your local Trane Dealer for the Shuswap :).


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