Repair vs. Replace
Many home owners struggle with the decision of whether to repair or replace their current air conditioning system. Obviously, if the cost to get the unit back up and running is minor, then that may be a good option, but here are some factors you should consider before investing more repair dollars into your existing unit.
No two homes are exactly the same, and as such, the only way to know for sure if repairing your HVAC system is the best option is to have a qualified Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning technician evaluate your home and explain their findings.
Heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Consider replacing a HVAC unit over 10 years old with a high-efficiency model. Installed correctly, high-efficiency units can have a dramatic impact on your electric bill and will pay for themselves over time.
Home has excessive dust.
Leaky ducts can pull particles from your attic and crawl spaces and distribute them throughout your home. Sealing existing ducts or, if the duct work in your home is in poor condition, replacing your duct work can be beneficial.
Energy bills are very high.
Your air conditioning system makes up as much as 60% of your utility bill each month. Older, inefficient systems use more electricity to deliver the same comfort level as current high-efficiency units do. It is not uncommon for customers to report dramatic drops in their energy bills after we install their new system. Although each home is different, 50% reductions in utility bills (during the same time period the previous year) have been reported.
Some rooms are too hot or too cold.
These kinds of problems are usually the result of an improperly engineered system when the home was built or when the last unit was installed. A well-trained technician can diagnose hot/cold spots in your house and determine if the problem is related to the unit’s size (tons), inadequate insulation, improper duct work, or a combination of these. You will want to have a technician perform an air balance on the system to ensure these problems are dealt with properly.
Equipment needs frequent repairs.
Frequent repairs are a sign that your old unit has reached the end of its lifespan and is simply worn out. Continuing to pay for repairs is only delaying the inevitable. The sooner you replace a unit in its current condition, the sooner your energy bills will improve, which may end up paying for the new system and saving you money in the future.
Home has humidity problems.
Poor equipment operation, inadequate installation, improperly sized unit, and leaky ductwork can all cause the air in your home to be too dry in the winter and too humid in the summer. Again, you will want a technician to perform an evaluation to determine the cause and eliminate it completely.
Heating and cooling system is noisy.
Noisy units can be caused by a variety of factors, including an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.