When to Replace Your HVAC Unit: Repair or Replacement?

If you're like most people, you probably don't think about your HVAC unit until it stops working. At that point, you have to make a decision: should I repair my HVAC unit or replace it entirely? Well, the answer isn't always clear-cut. In this blog post, we'll discuss when to replace your HVAC unit and when to repair it, so you can feel confident in making the best choice for your home.

When Should I Replace My HVAC Unit?

There are a few different factors you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit. The first is the age of your unit. If your unit is more than 15 years old, it may be time to start shopping for a replacement. If your unit isn't that old, but it's not working efficiently, it may still need to be replaced. An inefficient unit can end up costing you more money in energy bills over time.

Another factor to consider is the kind of repair itself. If you're facing a major repair, such as a cracked heat exchanger, it may be more cost-effective to replace the unit entirely rather than repairing it. In some cases, repairs can end up costing more than a replacement unit. Bear in mind that even if you do decide to replace your HVAC unit, you may still need to perform some minor repairs from time to time. If you are unsure about the extent of the repair you need, contact a professional to assess the problem. Bear AC & Heating hires professionals that can accurately determine the problem with your AC unit and provide the best course of action.

Finally, you should also consider your home's specific needs when deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit. If you have a large home with multiple rooms, you'll need a more powerful unit than someone with a smaller home, and it may be time to upgrade. The same is true if you have special needs in your home, such as people that have allergies.  In cases like these, it's often best to consult with a professional to find the right solution for your home.

When Should I Repair My HVAC Unit?

There are also a few situations where it makes more sense to repair your HVAC unit rather than replacing it. If your unit is less than 5 years old, it's probably still under warranty. In that case, you should check with the manufacturer to see if the repairs are covered. Even if they're not, it may still be cheaper to repair your unit than to replace it.

Another time you should consider repair is when your unit breaks down and you can't afford a replacement. If a full HVAC unit replacement is not in the budget, you may be able to find a used or refurbished unit that will work just as well as a new one. Bear in mind that you'll probably need to replace your unit eventually, but purchasing a refurbished or used one will buy you some time.

Finally, you should also consider repair if your HVAC unit is working efficiently but needs a small repair, such as a loose wire or a clogged filter. These types of repairs are usually relatively inexpensive and easy to fix. You can often do them yourself without having to call in a professional.

Tips for Making the Right Decision

If you're still not sure whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit, there are a few things you can do to help you make the best decision for your home. First, get a second opinion from a qualified HVAC technician. They can inspect your unit and let you know if it's worth repairing or if you'd be better off replacing it.

Next, get quotes from a few different companies for both repair and replacement. This will help you compare the costs and decide which option is best for your budget. Finally, don't be afraid to ask around for advice. Talk to your friends and family who have HVAC units in their homes. See what they would do in your situation.

Making the decision to repair or replace your HVAC unit doesn't have to be difficult. By considering the age of your unit, the cost of repairs, and the specific needs of your home, you can make the best decision for your situation.

Keep in mind that it is common over time, even with newer units, to need minor repairs. With a little help, you can keep your HVAC unit running smoothly for years to come. If you have any questions, Bear AC & Heating is here to help! We will be happy to answer any questions, walk you through the repair process, and assist you in purchasing and installing the perfect HVAC unit for your home. Reach out to us today!