When your HVAC system has stopped working efficiently, the first thought may be to get a new one. Most heating and cooling systems break long before their time, however. For this reason, deciding whether to replace the entire unit or simply have it repaired may not be as easy as it seems.
Asking these questions might help you make the right choice:
Is the unit’s service life (really) over?
Every appliance has an expected lifespan. When it reaches the end of this period, your HVAC will be running on borrowed time. But sometimes, all you need is to replace the pressure vessel or some other parts of the unit to get the system working again, especially if the expected service life of the unit is not really over.
Will a new unit be more energy efficient?
There are times when getting new products results in significant energy savings. Modern HVAC units use less energy than those built two decades ago. Nevertheless, if you feel that the new unit will cost thousands more while saving you hundreds in electricity bills, repairing your old appliance may be the more sensible option.
Is the product still on warranty?
If your HVAC unit is still on warranty, asking the seller to repair it once it is broken makes more sense than throwing it away to get a new one. That said, it is important to know that it may take weeks to have the system fixed. If money is not a problem, you may need to talk to another expert for a quicker repair service or get a new unit.
Can you DIY?
If you have the skills, you will find it easy to handle simple repairs on your HVAC system. This helps you save on any repair costs whilst eliminating the need for replacements. You could likewise follow the manual for any additional information or watch repair clips or tutorials online. Take note, however, that repairing the product yourself may void its warranty.
The repair-or-replace dilemma can be difficult to resolve. But once you answer a few questions, making the proper move will be easy and can save you time and money.