Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace or Air Conditioner?

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When Should You Consider Repair or Replacement of Your Heating or Air Conditioning Unit?

When your heating and cooling system is working properly, your home is comfortable and you’re probably not experiencing any significant increase in your monthly utility bills in Winnipeg. So when a part malfunctions or your unit stops working, how do you decide if it’s time to repair or replace it? Your local KeepRite® dealer like Pyramid Heating in Winnipeg can provide a thorough diagnosis of your system and make a professional recommendation. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of factors to consider.

Here are some reasons to repair the unit:

  • The cost of repairs is less than one-third the cost of a replacement
  • The unit is less than 10 years old
  • The unit is still under warranty (see your warranty terms)

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When Should You Replace Your Unit?

Replacing all or part of a heating and cooling system can be a big investment. When an older unit has continuous issues or shows signs of reduced energy efficiency, it could be more economical to upgrade your home comfort system. A contractor like Pyramid Heating in Winnipeg can help you diagnose your heating and cooling system, as well as help you choose a replacement that fits your needs and budget.

Here are some reasons for replacing your heating or cooling unit:

  • The cost of repairs is near 50% of the cost of a replacement
  • The unit requires frequent repairs.
  • Humidity problems that signal operating issues
  • Warranty expirations
  • High dust and low air quality problems
  • The furnace is more than 15 years old, and the heat pump or AC is more than 10 years old

What Does ‘Room Temperature’ Really Mean?

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For the residents of Winnipeg, room temperature is a term that gets a lot of use—not always in the same way. Generally, the term “room temperature” can have one of two meanings. Let’s look at those here.

Room temperature, in one sense, means the temperature of a room in which there is no heating or cooling systems in operation. It refers to the ambient temperature of the room. In this case, the temperature of the room may or may not be equal to the temperature outside. Wall, curtains, and shades will often have a cooling effect on a room during a hot day.

Room temperature, in the other case, is the temperature of a room that is under the effects of a cooling or heating system. Generally, the temperature in this instance will be higher or lower than the temperature outside, depending on whether the furnace or the air conditioner is running.

In either case, most Winnipeg residents find that a room temperature between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius (65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) to be comfortable. During the winter season, temperatures below this range can become uncomfortable, and the lower the room temperature the more discomfort one experiences.

If you live in or around Winnipeg and your furnace or air conditioner is not delivering the room temperature that you want and need, give us a call. One service call with Pyramid Plumbing and Heating is often all it takes to get your home warm and cozy again.