Often, HVAC repairs make more sense than replacements. It saves you money and increases the lifespan of your HVAC unit. However, there are specific occasions when an HVAC replacement is just the better option. If you're wondering whether it's worth the price of a replacement versus a repair, check out these signs from the HVAC technicians at Bloomington Heating & Air.
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Repairs are usually preferred for HVAC issues, but we always recommend a replacement if a repair costs more than half of a replacement. Though it may be more expensive initially, it will save you headaches later on and may even result in savings from more efficient energy use. Additionally, if you find yourself frequently spending money on repairs, keep track of the total cost. A hundred dollars here or there adds up quickly and may cost you more than a new HVAC unit if you keep putting off a replacement.
Unit Is Over 10 Years Old
The lifespan for HVAC units varies, but they typically only last for about ten years before needing to be replaced. Knowing the age of your unit can help you prepare and save up for the inevitable. Also, the good news is that newer HVAC models can last between 15 and 20 years, almost doubling the time of your investment. Modern models are also more energy-efficient, saving you more money on energy consumption.
Poor Air Quality
While bad air quality doesn't necessarily mean that you require an AC replacement, it is an indicator that it could be time. An HVAC technician will be able to tell you for sure, but poor airflow may mean that the AC is dying or that it was never the right size for your space to begin with. Signs of poor air quality include stuffiness, excess dust, allergic reactions such as sneezing and coughing, and limited airflow.
Doesn't Perform Well
If your HVAC unit struggles to keep temperatures comfortable, it may be time to replace it. While AC maintenance can keep your HVAC running efficiently and catch problems before you require emergency AC repairs, it's unfortunately not a fix-all for older systems. When your HVAC unit is consistently not running well, it's better to replace the unit than to live day in and day out in discomfort.
Rising Energy Bills
Energy bills fluctuate naturally depending on the time of year and as your HVAC unit begins to age. However, if you're noticing that your energy bill is increasing every month without any reasonable explanation, such as being home more often or having an extended family visit, it may be time for an air conditioner replacement. The money you'll save from better energy use will help cover the cost of a new AC and will do a better job of keeping your home temperature comfortable.