Is it Time to Replace or Repair your HVAC System? 212 HVAC is Here to Help!
Being a homeowner comes with so many responsibilities, it could be difficult sometimes knowing that you are making the right choices. When you start experiencing issues with your HVAC system, it comes down to two options: to repair or to replace. 212 HVAC is here to offer some advice to help you better understand your HVAC system and make the best choices for your home.
It’s generally a good idea to have an annual inspection set up for your HVAC system. This will promise you a clear understanding of what’s causing any issues and what you may possibly need in order to keep a well-working AC unit in every season.
Key warning signs that tell you whether your AC needs repair or replacement:
- Clogged filters If everything seems to be working, but you can feel a noticeable decrease in air flow, the first thing you should consider is replacing the air filters.
- Leaks If there is any liquid surrounding the unit where it is not meant to be, call a technician to give you a quote for necessary repairs.
- Electrical Issues All HVAC units run on either gas or oil and they require electricity to turn on. If you notice any unfamiliar sounds when the system is getting started, this more than likely indicates an electrical issue.
- Worn and outdated units If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old and/or has worn out parts, it may be the best investment to upgrade. It may seem like a costly decision now but will ultimately save you so much more in the long run. Consult with a technician before choosing what the best move is for you and how to make the most cost and energy efficient decision.
The general condition of your AC unit will be the main indicator if you should consider a repair or a replacement. Costs, health and safety, and environmental concerns will be the things you should consider when making this decision.
Cost concerns Spending the money on a new/upgraded HVAC unit can seem like a daunting and overwhelming expense, but it’s important to always compare how much you are spending on maintenance and repairs for an older system and how much you would be spending with a new, more efficient system.
Health and safety concerns Something that homeowners often forget to realize is how impactful the HVAC system is on the health and safety of the residents. Whether it is inhibiting healthy sleep habits with loud noises, effecting the quality of air, or preventing the growth of mold, your health and safety come first, and they are worth investing in.
Environmental Impacts The EPA is constantly working to protect the ozone by limiting harmful factors of everyday life. As of the year 2020, they have mandated the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant. If you have an older system that requires R-22, you may want to consider upgrading to one that will be easier to repair under the new environmental laws.
Other factors you may want to consider in your decision to repair or replace your HVAC system:
How long do you plan to be in your current home? New HVAC units can be costly investments and last up to 15 years. If you are already planning to move in the near future, it may be better to just pay for smaller repairs. If investing in a new AC unit could improve the value of your home, however, it may be worthwhile.
- Does your local utility company offer rebates? These days, it’s becoming popular to offer incentives for going ‘green’ and upgrading to more energy efficient home systems. Check with your local utility company if they offer anything for this and it may be just the push you need to invest in a replacement.