When should you seek out HVAC repairs, and when should you replace the entire unit?
In some cases, repairs will help keep your HVAC in prime condition and keep it running for longer. In other cases, you’re better off buying a whole new unit. Here are some of the critical things to look out for if you want to know when you should repair/replace your HVAC:
Problems with efficiency
If your unit isn’t as efficient as it should be, then it will need to be repaired or replaced. Modern units can suffer from efficiency issues if you don’t maintain it correctly. The system can get clogged up, which prevents it from heating or cooling properly. In cases like this, repairing the system will sort out the issue.
But, if your unit is over 10 years old and nowhere near as efficient as current models, then you’ll benefit more from a replacement.
Do you keep hearing strange noises from your HVAC? If so, then the system is probably experiencing some kind of problem. It might mean certain parts need to be lubricated, or there’s a foreign object stuck inside. In any case, strange noises tell you that your machine needs to be repaired. Call a technician, to figure out exactly what that strange noise is.
The system is not turning on
If your system doesn’t turn on at all, then you need to call someone right away. If you’re lucky, it could just be a minor issue that’s easy to repair. If not, the whole system will probably need to be replaced.
Too much dust in your home
Issues with the ductwork in your HVAC system can cause an increase of dust in your home. There might be leaks in the system, which results in the dust – and other particles – being pulled into your HVAC and distributed throughout your property. Thankfully, this problem can be solved with simple repairs to seal off any duct leaks.
The age of your system
Generally speaking, we expect HVAC systems to last up to around 10-15 years. If your unit is younger than this, then it shouldn’t need replacing. But, if you have an HVAC system that’s over 10/15 years old, then you might want to consider a new one.
Older systems use old technology, so you could be missing out on so many extra features that a modern version brings. Replace your old one, and you’ll have a new version to last a further 15 years.
How many previous repairs has your HVAC system undergone? A unit that keeps throwing up problems and has had numerous repairs will need to be replaced. There comes a point where you’re just wasting money on repairs as the system has clearly packed it in. You’re better off buying a new HVAC unit and saving money on any future repairs.
Pay attention to all these different things when deciding if you should repair or replace your HVAC. Ideally, you should always try repairs first. The only times you should replace a unit are when it’s over 15 years old, terribly inefficient, or keeps needing lots of different repairs. At Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer both repairs and installations for residential and commercial clients. So, feel free to contact us if you have a problem with your HVAC and need it seen by professionals.