Is It Time to Replace or Repair Your HVAC Appliance?

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If you are having issues with your heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC), you will likely try to investigate the unit and then contact a professional. The HVAC technician will give you a professional diagnosis and evaluation of your system, and then you will then have 2 choices: either replace or replace the unit. Examining your options is intense and involves more than considering the current state of your unit; your finances, comfort, environmental impact, and even the value of your property are swept up into the matter and are directly influenced by your decision. 
So which is the better option: having your machine repaired or hiring experts in HVAC installations for a new device? Actually, your decision depends on a number of factors. Even if your machine can be salvaged after a breakdown, it still may be a better option to replace it entirely. Ask yourself the following questions and use this guide to arrive at a savvy decision:

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  • Is the evaporator coil leaky or highly corroded? If so, it is time to replace the unit. Repairing this device will be more costly in the long run. You can ask a technician about the state of your evaporator coil.
  • Is your heating pump or air conditioner over 10 years old? If so, then it is not likely approved with an Energy Star label, or a designation of high efficiency and potential for huge energy savings.
  • Is your furnace or boiler over 15 years old? If so, then it will certainly not be Energy Star-qualified. 
  • Can any energy or efficiency improvements be made to your current HVAC device? At times, simple repairs can prolong the life of a heating or cooling appliance and improve its efficiency, making total replacement an unnecessary choice.
  • Does your machine need frequent repairs? Frequent repairs and small part replacements can add up to the price of a new machine! Remember that a newer appliance will almost always be more efficient than an older model so replacement would be optimal.
  • Is your home heated or cooled unevenly? Improper operations, problems with your air ducts, or insulation problems could be the root of the problem. If so, then simple repairs can resolve these issues.
  • Does your home have humidity issues? Problems with your current HVAC device, an inadequate appliance, or ductwork issues can make the air in your home feel humid or very dry. If ductwork is not to blame for humidity issues then you may need a new heater or air conditioner.
  • Is your heating or cooling system noisy? Depending on the cause, you may either need to replace certain vital parts of your appliances or replace them entirely.
  • Do you want to improve your home's efficiency and lower your utility costs? A new HVAC device with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) would require less energy to heat or cool your home. According to the US Department of Energy, HVAC devices that were manufactured after January 26, 2006 must have a SEER rating of at least 13. That means that they are at least 30% more efficient than those with a SEER rating of 10. The savings potential is even greater if your machine is over 15 years old!

While it seems very expensive to replace an HVAC device or any of its components, you should keep in mind that the savings potential that a new device offers in lower energy costs and fewer repair needs is substantial and should not be overlooked. Use the questionnaire above to determine if you should have your appliances repaired or hire experts in HVAC installations to put in a newer, better HVAC system for your home or business.