Repair or Replace HVAC System?
I have electric heat in a small townhouse, with a 2-ton AC unit outside (it's all Trane equipment). The AC compressor unit is 11 years old, and the air handler in the attic is only 6 years old. My heating bill is $1,000 per year, and I could save 50% of that by switching to a heat pump.
The fan motor on my AC compressor has burned out, and will cost $500 to replace. The HVAC contractor is trying to talk me into junking my entire HVAC system and replacing it with a new heat pump HVAC system, which will cost $$5,271, or $6,647 if I buy a better one that qualifies for a $1,500 tax credit.
I'm not wild about heat pumps, but some of my neighbors in similar houses have them. I'm thinking that I should wait a few years until the AC compressor is really shot before going to a heat pump, because my current system should have more life left in it. Opinions?