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Modern Comfort Heating and Cooling is Carroll County’s home heating and cooling specialist. We provide installation and service for all types of heating and air conditioning systems including oil, propane, gas, electric and geothermal systems.

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Equipment: Repair or Replace?


How do you know when it’s time to replace your system?

Repair or Replace?

It’s a reality every homeowner eventually faces - the need to repair or replace some portion of their heating & cooling system. The trick is deciding when to repair and when to replace. While there are many factors to consider, the three major ones are: system life expectancy, current condition, and energy efficiency.

Life expectancies of heating and cooling systems vary widely by type, as well as level of maintenance, and fuel quality. A well-cared-for system will often operate beyond its average life expectancy. (Many of our customers are experiencing this firsthand!)

What is the current condition of your heating and air conditioning system? Regardless of its age, is it holding strong, or is it limping along? Does it experience frequent and costly break downs? Do you worry about its reliability? If so, it may be more cost-effective to replace.

During the past few years, manufacturers have made tremendous improvements in the energy efficiency of their systems. If your oil furnace or boiler efficiency is in the mid 70% range, you may want to consider upgrading to a higher efficiency system.

In addition, if you heat a portion of your home with a heat pump, many of the new units use as little as half the energy of their predecessors, creating an energy savings that will pay for an upgrade within a relatively short period of time. Some of these systems may even qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $1,500. Additional manufacturer rebates, as well as the BGE Smart Energy Rebate program can also shorten the payback time.

We have put together a Repair or Replace Online Guide. You can also ask our technician to complete this guide for you on your next service visit.

Repair or Replace?

Or if you would like one of our Comfort Specialists to do an honest, no cost evaluation of your heating and cooling system, please call Modern Comfort Systems at 410-876-2200.

Equipment Service Plans – A Great Investment!

In addition to major savings on system repairs and replacements, we find that systems covered by our service plans use less energy, need fewer repairs, and last longer than those without coverage. That’s because both our Total Care and Comfort Plans include annual preventative maintenance at no additional cost. With either plan you also get guaranteed sameday service on no-heat calls received before 5 PM, and priority service on all other types of calls.

Which Plan is Right for You?

Total Care Plan - recommended for systems 5 years and older. It includes:

• 100% coverage (parts and labor) on a comprehensive list of repairs
• 15% discount on all other repairs
• Annual preventative maintenance

Comfort Plan - ideal for systems no longer covered by their manufacturer’s warranty it includes:

• 15% discount on all repairs
• Annual preventative maintenance

We have a plan for every type of system, and the cost of any plan can be rolled into your CMP (Custom Monthly Payment Plan). Please call 410-876-2200 for costs and a complete list of parts covered under each type of plan.