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When to Repair vs. Replace Your HVAC System

HVAC technician with AC repairing vs. replacing

Should I repair or replace my HVAC system? As a homeowner, you’re likely to face this inevitable question. This critical question can seem complex and confusing but fear not, Western Heating, Air & Plumbing is here to clear things up. Let’s dive into some real-life scenarios that may guide you to your best decision.

When to Repair Your HVAC System

Scenario 1: The Age Factor

Bob has happily used his HVAC system for seven years without significant problems. Recently, though, his system has started showing signs of distress. Given the system’s age, a repair would likely be his best option. Most HVAC systems have a life span of 15 to 20 years, depending on usage and maintenance.

Scenario 2: The Infrequent Repair

Sarah has had her HVAC system for 10 years. Every now and then, she encounters minor problems, but they’re not a constant issue. In this case, the occasional problem doesn’t require a full replacement. Instead, minor repairs should restore the system to its usual efficient performance.

Scenario 3: Consistent Power Bills

David’s energy bill has been relatively stable for the last few years, despite his HVAC acting up recently. A steady energy bill usually indicates an efficient HVAC system. A professional repair job could be the right call for David.

Scenario 4: The Cost of the Repair

Lisa’s 5-year-old HVAC system, while causing her some recent troubles, hasn’t had many problems in the past. Her cost for repairs is $500. Generally, you multiply the repair cost by the unit’s age; if it’s less than $5000, you should repair your system. If it’s over, you should consider a replacement. 

When to Replace Your HVAC System

Scenario 1: The Old Timer

Ahmed’s HVAC system has been working hard for over 18 years. While it’s served him well, the system is now well past the average life span of a standard HVAC unit. Moreover, it’s less energy-efficient than newer models, leading to higher energy costs. For Ahmed, a shiny new HVAC system would be the best route.

Scenario 2: Breakdown Frequency

Samantha’s HVAC system has been causing more problems with frequent breakdowns. In this case, the repeated repair costs might outweigh the price of a new system. Samantha could benefit from upgrading to a new HVAC system.

Scenario 3: Increased Energy Bill

Jack’s energy bills have been increasing month over month, even in the off-season times. This increase could be due to his old HVAC system losing efficiency, leading to higher energy usage. Jack should consider a system replacement since new systems are more efficient than older HVAC systems. 

Scenario 4 – Uncomfortable Home 

Mike’s house has hot and cold spots in different rooms. This could indicate that his HVAC system struggles to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the house. A new HVAC system might solve Mike’s uneven temperature troubles.

Scenario 5: Use of R-22 Freon

Emma’s HVAC system still uses R-22 Freon. Given the phase-out of this refrigerant due to its environmental impact, replacing it can be expensive and challenging. Emma should consider replacing her system with a newer model that uses an eco-friendlier R410A refrigerant.

The decision to repair or replace your HVAC system hinges on the specifics of your situation. But no matter your circumstance, you must consult a reliable HVAC professional to guide your decision-making.

Call Western Heating, Air & Plumbing experts at 801-218-2187 or schedule your appointment online. We’re always here to ensure your home maintains a comfortable, cost-effective, and energy-efficient environment, no matter what your HVAC throws your way!

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