Fix It Or Ditch It: Overcoming Heating And Cooling Issues

homeowner with heating and cooling problemsDealing with heating and cooling issues might have you starting to think about whether you should fix it (again) or ditch it and replace it with a new, energy-efficient model.

While we love calls from our customers, if we’re on your speed dial due to frequent HVAC repair needs, it may be time to consider a new system. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding to make another repair or install a new unit.

Common Factors to Consider When Overcoming Heating and Cooling Issues

broken ac unit in home

R-22 Costs

One major factor that will influence your decision is the cost of R-22. Due to environmental concerns, the EPA banned manufacturers from selling units that use R-22 and mandated a reduction in the availability of new R-22. This not only leads to a decrease in supply, but also an increase in prices as R-22 availability continues to decline.

If you’re facing a coolant leak or major repair and you have an AC unit or heat pump that was installed before 2010, you will most likely need R-22 to recharge it. Which can cost you upwards of a few thousand dollars. Instead, it might make more sense to invest in a new system with better energy efficiency.

Maintenance Costs

Outside of the costs of R-22 refrigerant, if you’re constantly dealing with frequent heating and cooling issues, you might want to start researching replacement options.

While your air conditioner may not yet be at the end of its useful life, is if the costs of repairs start to exceed more than half of the approximate value of your system, the best choice is to install a new unit.


Although the typical lifespan of an air conditioning system can exceed 10 or 15 years with proper maintenance, the EPA recommends replacing your system if repairs are required on a unit that is more than 10 years old. Old systems are not only prone to more frequent repairs, they’re also less energy efficient.

Selling Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s best to have all appliances, including your HVAC system, in good working order. If you’re experiencing constant heating and cooling issues, it might be a good idea to replace it before listing your home. While it may not necessarily increase your home sale value, it’s a positive selling point for prospective buyers. Promote the fact that your home features a brand-new, energy-efficient system to create a competitive edge over other comparable homes.

Experiencing Heating and Cooling Issues? Call Point Bay for All Your Repair or Replacement Needs

air conditioner repairIf your heating or cooling system still has a lot of life left in it, it makes sense to schedule the necessary repairs. The best way to determine this is to have a technician from Point Bay Fuel thoroughly inspect your unit and diagnose any problems.

Whether you need to schedule an annual maintenance appointment, require emergency repairs or want to install a brand-new AC, contact Point Bay Fuel. We’re your local, family-owned company ready to provide exceptional and quality service when you need us most.

Call us today at (732) 349-5059.