If your HVAC system is malfunctioning, you may be faced with the decision of whether to repair or replace it. This is a major decision for homeowners as HVAC systems will inevitably encounter problems and break down. Choosing the best option for yourself depends on several factors and can be the difference between long-lasting comfort and financial strain. Andy Lewis Heating and Air Conditioning can help you make the right decision for you and your family.
How Old is Your System?
If you’ve been using your system for 10 years or less, it may be wise to consider repairing it. Equipment that has been installed somewhat recently is more likely to be under warranty and to meet modern industry standards. Until repairs become a constant problem, they’ll remain relatively inexpensive costs of routine maintenance.
- If your system is 1-5 years old, a repair will likely be your best option as your system is most likely still under parts warranty.
- After 5-10 years of your HVAC system’s life, the cost of the repair and the type of issues you are facing will determine if it is worth it to repair or replace.
- When a unit reaches 10+ years old, a replacement is ideal as new systems use a new refrigerant, R-410A instead of R-22, and are more efficient. This make replacement a better option unless the repair is very minor and inexpensive.
Replacing Increases Efficiency
Homeowners often think they’re saving money by opting to repair rather than replace. However, modern HVAC units are far more efficient than their older counterparts and can significantly lower monthly energy bills. A new system will also perform more efficiently and provide superior comfort for your home.
Still Using R-22?
If your A/C still uses R-22 refrigerant, it may be time to upgrade regardless of repair costs. R-22 is rapidly being replaced by the more eco-friendly R-410A, which means you’ll pay ridiculous premiums to continue to use the outdated product. Replacing old equipment with a conditioner that uses R-410A will be compatible with government regulations for decades, giving you greater peace of mind.
Professional inspection is the best way to determine whether repairing or replacing your HVAC equipment is right for your home. Call Andy Lewis Heating and Air Conditioning, your trusted Charlotte HVAC contractor.