Deciding between an HVAC system repair or replacement can be a difficult decision since both require an investment. Sometimes it makes sense to simply repair a system, but over the long term, it may be a better use of your money to replace the system altogether. New systems carry warranties and offer better energy efficiency that offset their initial and long-term cost.
Conversely, repairing an existing one may be an affordable option for a few more years of service. Your HVAC technician can give you a thorough assessment of the condition of your system and the extent of the repair. By following through with the repair and reducing the cooling load indoors, you may be able continue to use your system dependably.
HVAC System Repair or Replacement?
Other factors that determine whether HVAC system repair or replacement makes sense include:
- It’s over 10 years old. Although age isn’t the sole determinant for an HVAC system replacement, in our climate, it can weigh more heavily. Since cooling systems work long and hard for months on end, they experience substantial wear and tear. If you or a previous homeowner hasn’t stayed up to date on maintenance, including air filter changes, age will be a more relevant factor.
- It uses R-22 refrigerant. R-22 is being phased out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and its price has risen in response to shrinking supplies. If your system is more than 10 years old and uses R-22, it’s probably better to replace your system than repair it. The price of R-22 will only continue to escalate. Its replacement — R410-A — is more efficient, costs less and has few, if any, harmful side effects.
- It needs frequent or an expensive repair. Frequent repairs are not only costly, but they also keep your system offline until they’re fixed. Replacing the compressor for a system that uses R-22 wouldn’t be a good investment, nor for a system that’s over 10 to 15 years old.
The pros at Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning can help you make an HVAC system repair or replacement decision. We provide quality HVAC services for homeowners in Woodlands and the surrounding areas.
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