If you suspect that your HVAC is on its way out, either because of age or because of other indicators don’t wait until the last minute to have it looked at and make a decision. In many situations, it makes good sense to invest money in repairing your home’s components to extend their lifespan. However, when it comes to your HVAC, there comes a point where that is money wasted.
One of the other benefits of installing a new AC unit is energy efficiency. Even if your unit has a few more years on it, replacing it now means that you can save money on your energy bills right away. Did you know that some units can shave almost 40 percent off of your energy bills?
Our Montgomery, AL team has put together this guide about replacing vs. repair.
1 - Install a New Air Conditioner
Does your air conditioner blow warm air, even if it set super-low? Is it making strange clunking noises? Does it smell funny? Is it really old (units only have a lifespan of 10-15 years)? Do you have to repair component after component? Are your energy bills creeping up?
If yes to one or more of these questions, don’t bother sinking more money into repair. Replace the air conditioner.
2 - Change the Air Filter
It is advisable to replace your air filter every six months or so, which is an easy DIY job. However, in older HVAC units, even with a clean air filter, the machine doesn’t work well to pull allergens out of the air. This is compounded if you’ve got older ductwork too.
If you notice more dust than unusual in your home, this may be the problem.
3 - Replace the Thermostat
If your home is heating or cooling consistently, that could be the product of a broken thermostat, so replacing it would be a good idea.
Another reason that your home may be heating and cooling inconsistently is that your unit isn’t the right size for your home. If this is the case, it is working in overdrive but isn’t able to produce the comfort that you are after.
In addition to your home’s temperature being inconsistent, you are faced with very high energy bills. Other general rules to consider is if it is going to cost you 50 percent or more of what a new unit would cost, it’s not a good idea to repair it.