Repair or Replace?
Many homeowners are faced with the difficult choice of if they should repair or replace their HVAC System. There are many tell-tale signs that can signal to a homeowner that it’s time to replace your heating and cooling equipment. Some questions to ask yourself are:
How old is the unit? The older the unit, the less efficient it is. You can actually save you money in the long run by replacing your old HVAC system with a new high-efficiency model. According to energystar.gov, if your unit is more than 10 years old, replacing it with a higher efficiency model can save homeowners up to 20% on heating costs!
Do you have frequent repairs? If you have been making major repairs to your HVAC system over the years, then it is definitely time to consider investing in a new unit. Tally the cost of the repair bills over the last few years and compare that to the cost of replacing your old system with a new one. Compare the cost of the repairs, the cost of the new HVAC unit and the energy savings of installing a newer, higher efficiency model. This is a quick and easy way to see if it’s worth the return on the investment to purchase a new HVAC System. Also, consider that your new HVAC system will be under a manufacturer’s warranty, so you are going to save on major repair bills.
Are your energy bills going up? If your heating bills seem to be going up for no apparent reason, or some rooms seem to be hot while others are cold, your equipment may not be operating correctly. Have a service technician tune-up your unit so that is operating efficiently, and ensure that all ducts are sealed and insulated.
Is your Heating and Cooling system noisy or vibrating? While noises, hisses, and hums are all a part of the normal workings of an HVAC system, if the unit suddenly begins making a strange noise that you have never heard before, starts emitting smell you have never smelled before, or you turn the thermostat up or down and nothing happens, then it could be in need of repairs. If the problem requires a costly fix, the unit is an older model that has broken down before, and the cost of the repairs is as compared to the cost of a new unit, a replacement makes more sense than a repair.