For you to either repair or replace your HVAC system, you need to consider how often it breaks down. If you spend a lot of money on repairs, you should consider replacing it because it might be faulty due to age. Secondly, even if your HVAC is working fine at the moment, you should consider the amount of money you use to heat and cool your home.
If you are using an old system, you could be spending more money because it has a low SEER rating and outdated technology. If you replace the system with an energy efficient one, you may end up saving a lot of money. The following factors will help you determine whether you should replace or repair your system depending on its efficiency and reliability.
Typically, HVAC unit has a lifespan of 8 to 20 years. The lifespan is variable because it can be determined by many factors, e.g., the model of the unit, how often the unit is repaired/maintained, how often the unit is used among other factors. Therefore, you should consider the age of your unit to determine whether you can replace or repair it. If it has any mechanical problems and it is a new unit, you can have it repaired by a professional because the cost of replacing it is too high. On the other hand, if the unit is old and it keeps on breaking down, you should have it replaced with a new one to save on maintenance and repair costs. The age of your unit can also be determined by the following factors:
- Initial quality – some manufacturers offer units of high quality than others. Usually, cheaper units do not last long
- Proper sizing and installation – you should install the proper size of the unit to your home, i.e., a unit that can support cooling and heat your home comfortably. Also, the unit should be well installed to last long
- Proper maintenance – the unit should have regular and proper maintenance practices from a professional to guarantee a long life. When the unit develops smaller problems, and they are not fixed, they develop into bigger problems reducing both the efficiency and lifespan of the unit
You should determine reliability by how often your unit is fixed. If your unit has had problems over the last years, it is unreliable, and it can break down at any given time. You will end up spending more on repairs and replacing the unit is probably the best option. For you to make the right decision, hire an experienced professional to evaluate your unit and advice you accordingly. If your system is not reliable and you can end up losing money on repairs, a good professional will advise you to install a new unit and vice versa.
There are government standards and mandates which make manufacturers create more energy efficient systems. You should consider replacing your an ineffective unit with an efficient one to save energy and money. When considering efficiency, consider SEER rating. The higher the rating, the higher the unit’s efficiency, reliability, and lifespan. If you are not knowledgeable about efficiency and how to calculate it, you can seek help from a professional or research well before purchasing a new unit.
4. Comfort/temperature control
If you have a reliable HVAC system, you should be comfortable at any given time of the day or year. This is because the unit can heat or cool your home at all times. If your unit is having problems maintaining comfortable conditions in your home, you should consider repairing or updating some of its parts to become reliable and effective. If this is not economical, you can just replace the whole unit to have better temperature control in your home.
5. The big picture
Before you replace or repair your unit, you should consider the big picture. One of the things to consider is whether the unit is capable of performing effectively over a long period. This will guarantee to save a lot of money from repairs/replacing some parts of the unit. You should also consider the efficiency of the unit and whether it is capable of lasting longer (its age). Here, you should mainly focus on saving resources (money and energy) in your home.
Most homeowners cannot be able to live in a home without HVAC unit. However, some end up spending a lot of money on wrong installations, repairs, and maintenance costs, installing the wrong size of the unit and high utility bills. You can be able to avoid all these problems when you hire a professional to assess your unit and offer professional advice and opinion. Also, you will get professional installation and maintenance services.