HVAC Issues: Repair or Replace?

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The time has come when you finally have decided to stop ignoring the red flags that have been coming from your HVAC unit. But now, an even bigger decision must be made: to replace or to repair?

Delaying a necessary replacement can prevent you and your family from being comfortable in your home, but prematurely replacing your unit can cost you thousands a bit too soon. If you aren’t sure which route you should take, here are some factors to consider to make your decision a little easier!

The Age of Your System

The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is around 15-20 years. Remember that this is just an overall estimate and not set in stone, considering every unit differs. As a general guide, if your unit is over 15 years old and has been experiencing frequent problems with high bills, it may be time to purchase a new unit. However, a repair might do the trick if your HVAC is on the younger side and has been well-maintained overall.

Safety Hazards

If your HVAC creates a safety hazard in your home, replacing it should be a non-negotiable – especially if the repair is temporary. It is understandable to want to save money, but risking the safety of the people in your home is unnecessary. A great technician will also advise against opting for a repair if a safety hazard is present.

Repair Costs

If you realize you are spending a lot of money every time you pull out your wallet for repairs, consider a replacement. Your HVAC is working hard to keep your home comfortable, so it is expected to need repairs occasionally. However, if you are constantly forking out money for repairs, this can eventually cost more than installing a new unit.

The Efficiency of Your Unit

Your HVAC has the overall purpose of properly heating and cooling. If you notice that your unit is falling short on its performance even with repairs, you may need to consider purchasing a brand-new unit. In other cases, regular maintenance and the occasional repair may be enough to keep your home comfortable until it’s time for a replacement.

If you are in the Birmingham, AL area and need an expert opinion on what next step you need to take with your HVAC, the experts at Standard Heating, Cooling & Plumbing would love to help! Just give us a call at (205) 386-4001.

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