Are you trying to determine if you should repair or replace your HVAC? Many homeowners ask themselves this question. There are several factors you will need to consider. The most important factor is the age of your unit. The average lifespan of an AC unit is 15 to 20 years, a heat pump can last for up to 16 years and a furnace will last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. The best way to keep your system running for as long as possible is to have tune-ups and repairs done regularly. However, no matter how well you take care of your system, there will come a time when repairs may not be enough, and you will need to replace it. That can be very expensive. You will really need to weigh your options to determine if your current system is really on its last legs or you need to replace it. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning outlines some important considerations below.
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The time will come when your HVAC system will malfunction. There are many reasons this will happen, and you need to determine if it’s more cost-effective to simply replace it.
• Air Conditioning Safety. Your primary thought needs to be the safety of your home and family. If you discover that safety is an issue then you will need to replace your unit, more so of a repair is only going to be a temporary fix or cost too much. A cracked heat exchanger can cause poisonous gas to leak into your home and be potentially fatal. If there is faulty wiring or a stuck valve, then a repair should be all you need.
• Air Conditioner Lifespan. When your system malfunctions, you should look at the date of installation. You can find this on the unit itself. You can also check by looking at the serial and model numbers. Give these numbers to the manufacturer to determine how old your unit is. If you discover you unit is more than 20 years old, it doesn’t necessarily give it a death sentence. Average lifespans are just that, average, some will stop working at this date and others will still work with a simple repair.
• Cooling Efficiency. An ineffective system will not be able to heat or cool your home effectively. If you can’t get your home to the temperature you set the thermostat to it’s a good indication than your system is not as effective as it used to be. You will know if some rooms are warmer or cooler than others.
• AC Breakdown Frequency. Does it feel like your system is always breaking down on you? These ongoing repairs can add up. It doesn’t make sense to keep paying for repairs on an older unit. Investing in a new unit will save you money in the long run and eliminate the hassle of frequent repairs.
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Are you still having a hard time trying to decide if you should repair or replace your HVAC unit? Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning have a team of experts that can guide you through the decision process. Give us a call today!