Should I Repair or Replace My HVAC System?

At some point or another, your home’s HVAC system will likely need to be repaired or replaced. To determine which option is more cost-effective long term, you’ll have to consider several factors. The age, efficiency, and safety of your current HVAC system should contribute to your decision. You’ll also want to discuss the matter with a trusted HVAC professional. Here is some essential information to bear in mind before committing to another HVAC repair or a new installation altogether.

Most HVAC Systems Last 15 Years

If you have a heating and cooling system that’s somewhere between 12 and 15 years old, chances are it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. While repair work may fix some issues, an old HVAC system will likely break down again somewhere down the road. It’s easy to fall into a money trap of repairing the same worn-out system year after year. On the other hand, if your system is under 12 years old or is still under warranty, exploring repair options may be worth it. You’ll want to discuss your options with an HVAC professional to make the best investment decision long-term.

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Older HVAC Systems Are Less Efficient

Another reason why many homeowners choose to replace their HVAC system is to improve energy efficiency. Older heat pumps can freeze up during the winter, causing the heat pump to run nonstop. This can result in an unusually high electric bill until the problem is resolved. Consistent HVAC maintenance should be performed to keep your equipment in optimal working condition. A dirty air filter or clogged condensate drain will undermine the operational efficiency of your HVAC system. Be sure to schedule a heating and cooling expert to inspect your HVAC system once or twice a year. If the heating and cooling bill continues to climb after having the system repaired, consider replacing it with a newer option. The amount of money saved on energy costs over time may be worth the initial investment.

Safety Is a Factor

If you have an older gas furnace, carbon monoxide poisoning is a genuine danger. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause symptoms like fatigue and headache, often causing homeowners to visit a doctor for relief eventually. Older HVAC systems also present a fire hazard due to leaking gases and the disrepair of electrical components. Odorless, invisible gas leaks are hazardous and can sometimes go unnoticed for long periods. When safety becomes a primary concern keeping you up at night, it is likely to invest in a new heating and cooling system.

When you need an experienced professional to look at your HVAC system, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly team members. Our technicians have considerable experience serving customers in Birmingham and surrounding communities. We’ll thoroughly inspect your home’s HVAC system to determine the best course of action. If a new installation is recommended, we’ll guide you through the process and answer your questions along the way.

Please call us today if you need further help.