To replace or not to replace? Deciding whether you should replace your home HVAC system or have it repaired by a seasoned HVAC expert can be a tough choice. Fortunately, the following guide makes it much easier to make the best choice that saves you money and keeps you comfortable throughout the year.
In many cases, a few repairs may be all that’s needed to fix what’s ailing your home HVAC system. Here are a few telltale signs of when repairs are preferable to replacement:
- Reduced performance: Lack of proper maintenance can cause easily-solvable performance issues.
- Increase in energy consumption: A simple tune-up may be all you’ll need to make your system energy-efficient again.
- Increase in dust, humidity or both: These problems can be taken care of by a simple, yet comprehensive service visit.
On the other hand, there are times when an HVAC replacement is the better choice:
- Aged beyond its projected lifespan: The average HVAC system lasts anywhere from 14 to 25 years. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you should be considering a replacement.
- Costs more to repair than to replace: Frequent HVAC repairs could cost you more money than replacing your system right off the bat.
- Costs more to operate each year: If your energy bills are steadily increasing each year, your old HVAC system may be the cause. Older units tend to burn more energy than today’s systems.
- Needs an R-22 refrigerant charge: R-22 is being phased out by 2020. As supplies dwindle, the costs of keeping your system cool with R-22 could skyrocket.
- Performance can’t keep up with your current needs: If your current HVAC system struggles to keep your home cool, then it might be time for a change.
If you’re looking for expert advice on your home HVAC system, contact the professionals at Aladdin Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve the southeast Michigan area, including Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills and Madison Heights.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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