Routine HVAC maintenance is an effective way to put off a potentially costly system upgrade, but even with yearly maintenance and TLC your system will eventually reach it’s past due date. Even if you don’t mind spending money on air conditioning repairs, eventually, fixing reoccurring issues with your HVAC system will become more of a hindrance than a help. To decide between HVAC repair and replacement projects, consider these important factors:
Generally, the performance of HVAC systems diminishes with aging. Even if your heating, ventilating, and cooling units still manage to work beyond their life expectancies; they’re likely to be riddled with inefficiencies by then. They may be able to accomplish the job, but most likely they are expending much more energy doing so than a new system will, which in turn will increase your monthly energy costs.
With technological advances, the federal government regularly updates energy efficiency standards for Air Conditioning units. Although you’re not required to comply, you might miss out on great savings if you don’t upgrade. Then again, it might not make sense to commit to replacement unless your system’s energy rating is far from today’s minimum requirement. Unless the potential energy reduction is significant, it might be better to stick with what you have to maximize its service life.
Sometimes, it’s less financially sensible to repair a broken AC than to replace it. For instance, R-22 is a common refrigerant used in most older model A/C units. This refrigerant is no longer being manufactured due to it’s ozone depleting properties. As a result the cost of R-22 is exponentially higher than its replacement refrigerant R-410A. This means that repairing an R-22 System could potentially end u costing the same as installing a new system running on R-410A
Does your HVAC system need more care and attention year after year? It could be a sign you need to retire it. The cost of a repair may look better in comparison to the price of new equipment, but it adds up over time. If you’ve made moderate to severe repairs 2 or more seasons in a row a replacement would be the sensible option in the long run.
If you’d like to book a service to help you decide between repairing or replacing,