When Should You Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit?


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If you live in an older home with an HVAC system that has been working hard since it was first installed, potentially decades earlier, you likely know how many headaches it can cause by breaking or needing constant repairs. The question is whether or not you should continue to have the unit repaired and serviced, or whether it would make more sense to have it replaced altogether.

You certainly don’t want to waste money by getting a new HVAC unit before you need one, but at the same time you won’t want to continue spending money every time a problem arises. Keep in mind that an older unit is an energy guzzler compared to a newer more efficient model. A newer HVAC unit could potentially use a fraction of the power, and provide better performance. Spending a little bit of extra money now may mean you won’t have to worry about excessive repairs in the future, and you’ll likely see a massive reduction in your monthly energy costs.

The magic number when it comes to the lifetime of A/C units is 12 years. Generally you should replace your HVAC system at 12 years old if it’s showing signs of breaking down. Replacing your unit will avoid costly repairs, and you can start over with a new more energy efficient unit.

Your ultimate decision should be dependent on the type of system you have because technology is always changing to newer, better, more efficient units that weren’t available 10 years ago. If your system uses the outdated R-22 Freon it will likely be less efficient and more expensive to repair, which means replacing it is the better way to go. If your air conditioning system isn’t excessively old and has only minor issues like a clogged drain line, loose or broken ductwork or an electrical problem replacement may be an overreaction.

If your system has more extensive issues with the compressor, blower motor or condenser coils then replacing the unit is likely the way to go. Newer units can significantly reduce monthly costs and can have up to 20 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings.
You may be in good shape to have your unit repaired if you have had less than two HVAC problems within the last 10 years. However, if your unit is on a third major repair then Ike’s Air suggests you replace the unit.

Being concerned about the cost is understandable, but most HVAC companies, including Ike’s Air Conditioning, offer competitive financing options for those who qualify. The money you save each month may be greater than your monthly financing payment. Professional design and installation is always essential when you are investing in a new HVAC unit. Over or under-sized units lead to premature failure, poor humidity control and inconsistent cooling and heating performance.

Air Conditioning in San Antonio

Ike’s Air Conditioning has been San Antonio’s most dependable and trusted HVAC company since 1972. We are a family owned and locally operated business, providing a variety of services including:

• Air Conditioning Repair
• Air Conditioning Tune-Ups
• New Air Conditioning System Installation
• Maintain and Service All Makes
• Residential Indoor Air Quality Testing
• Professional Insulation
• Duct Work Replacement
• New Mitsubishi Air Conditioning Systems
• New Trane Air Conditioning Systems
• New Amana Air Conditioning Systems
• And Much More

Don’t hesitate to contact Ike’s today for all your air conditioning needs!