Tips for Deciding Between HVAC Repair and Replacement

Trying to decide whether it’s a better idea to repair your damaged HVAC systems or replace them completely? These five points should guide you in making the best decision for your circumstances.

1) Cost of repair

You’ll want to start by looking at the cost of the repair before you consider anything else. A system that’s damaged badly enough may cost nearly as much to repair as to replace, in which case a repair makes little sense. On the other hand, replacement is not ideal for a newer system with a minor, easily resolved issue, unless you have some other special considerations.

2) Age of system

Heating and cooling technologies have come quite a way in recent years. If you’re looking at an older system, replacement will almost always be the better option. Not only will an older system waste energy year after year, you’ll find it requires increasingly frequent repairs as more components give out.

3) Appropriate fit

If your current HVAC system isn’t appropriate for your home, whether it’s due to a mistake during installation, or expansion of your home since, then it may be a good idea to make an upgrade. A system that’s too small won’t keep your home comfortable and may wear itself out running constantly. A system that’s too large will never hit its comfortable stride, wasting power on inefficient cycles.

4) Potential upgrades

If there are aspects of your current HVAC system you’re unsatisfied with, a replacement may make more sense so you can resolve those issues. For example, you may want more granular control over temperature on a room-by-room basis, may want to add coverage to other rooms, or may want to improve the management of air quality or humidity.

5) Long-term plans

Replacing the HVAC system for a home you intend to sell may not be a smart move financially unless the improvement’s significant enough to change the sale price. If so, updating to a more modern, better-fitted system may save money over time in most cases.

If you’d like to learn more about furnace repair, furnace installation, air conditioning, or any other aspect of home HVAC, contact the technicians that Albuquerque trusts the most – Thompson Heating and Air Conditioning!