If your HVAC is not functioning properly, you might need to replace or repair it. Having an efficiently running HVAC system keeps energy costs down. Before repairing your system, you might evaluate the option of investing in a newer HVAC. It may be more cost-efficient to replace than to repair.
When Should I Replace My HVAC System?
There are a few indicators that signal that your HVAC system needs to be replaced.
System is 15 Years Old. A simple rule to keep in mind is that if your system is older than 15 years, it is high time to look for a replacement. Typical HVAC systems will run up to fifteen years without any significant issues. But as the system ages, its efficiency declines. When the unit becomes less efficient, it is more costly to operate.
Safety Concerns. Some HVAC systems use gas-based thermal exchange systems. With older systems, gas leaks can occur, which can be hazardous to the household occupants. If this is the problem, replacing an HVAC system is imperative to guard against such dangerous incidents.
Constant Breakdowns. If you have had to repair your HVAC system multiple times over a short period, then invest in a brand new HVAC system. A new unit will perform as intended and reduce the operating costs while being environmentally friendlier.
Most people cringe at the cost of replacing their HVAC system, and rightly so. HVAC units are expensive, but so are numerous repairs, and after repairs you often have to replace the unit anyway.
One example is an HVAC system which has a coolant leak is far more costly to refill frequently than it is to buy a new HVAC system. Prices of R22 coolant refill can cost up to 500 dollars. With a coolant leak, there is a high probability that the compressor will fail soon. In such a case, it would be more cost-efficient to replace the entire HVAC system instead of having the coolant filled multiple times. These sorts of scenarios should be considered when weighing options between repair and replacement, and so the mere thought of the cost of replacement must not scare you.