If your HVAC broke down and you're considering repair estimates, talk to an HVAC technician about replacing the HVAC rather than repairing it. This is often a better way to use your money when your HVAC is old. Here are some things to consider when you're weighing your decision about whether to have a new HVAC installed.
New HVAC Systems Are More Energy Efficient
If your unit is old, it probably isn't very energy efficient, since energy-saving technology has improved over time. By installing a new unit, you might save money on your energy bills, and that can take some of the sting out of having to pay for a new HVAC.
Old Units May Have Ongoing Problems
The risk of repairing an old HVAC is that it might break down again before the season is over. Then you have to pay for even more repairs. If you want to eliminate the worry over breakdown and repair issues, then putting in a new unit is a good idea. Plus, the new unit will have a warranty that should help if your new HVAC breaks down due to defective parts.
Some Repairs Are Costly
An air conditioner compressor is expensive, so when the compressor goes out, a technician may recommend a new HVAC system installation rather than sink that much money into repairs if the parts aren't under warranty.
A cracked heat exchanger is an expensive repair for a furnace, and if your HVAC has problems that require these expensive repairs, you'll have to consider the age of your HVAC and how well you've maintained it when deciding if it's worth investing a lot of money in repairs.
A Newer Unit Might Have Better Climate Control
If one reason you're leaning toward a new HVAC is so you can get a bigger unit in hopes of being more comfortable in your house, your technician will probably explain that bigger isn't necessarily better. The right size is important so you don't waste energy and end up paying more for your energy bills instead of saving money.
Newer air conditioners are more energy-efficient and have features such as variable speed and zoned climate control that keep you more comfortable in the summer and winter. Plus, you might want to add a dehumidifier to the ducts to keep your home more comfortable in the summer, or you may want to eliminate ducts completely and install a ductless HVAC so you have independent control of the temperature in your bedroom or living room.Share
24 March 2020
So many of us make the mistake of assuming the air conditioning system is up and ready to go without having to do anything after a long winter. Unfortunately, oftentimes, this isn't the case. You know how I know that air conditioning systems need pre-summer maintenance? Well, I know because I broke my air conditioning unit trying to use it without even looking at it before starring it up for the first time. It was that moment that I learned a very valuable lesson the hard way. My blog will walk you through getting your air conditioner ready for summer without the expensive lesson that I had to learn.