Oh, how our consumer-driven and capitalist society has always encouraged us to go for new! New is always best! Why exert too much effort in repairing something when you can just buy a replacement that you can rely on to better serve you?
I hate to burst my own bubble here, but unfortunately, most Americans may not really have the bottomless amount of financial resources to fund a penchant for continually new things, especially when it comes to something expensive like AC installation. On the topic of HVAC systems, this becomes all the more crucial as these equipment is not really the cheapest items you can buy at the supermarket to replace your current on. So, the question stands – Should you go for an AC replacement or just a repair your central air conditioner?
Actually, there are a number of factors, including the thermostat to consider when mulling this question. There’s your system’s lifespan. Has your system given you a great deal in terms of return on investment? Is the cost of repairing your system almost as high as a replacement for the entire system? Is your HVAC unit still efficient when operated? Let us guide you through these considerations.
AC Repair or Replace? That Is The Question.
As mentioned earlier, the lifespan of your HVAC system is a prime consideration for any homeowner. How much did you spend when you acquired your current system? Have you used it for all its worth? Is the cost of repairing it already comparable to just buying a new system, instead? Because if you will keep shelling out exorbitant sums just to have your current system repaired, wouldn’t it make more economic sense if you just opt to buy a replacement for it instead?
You may do a check on the coils or the blower motor of your unit to see if they are still in working condition. If they are fine and yet your unit is still having difficulties reaching your home’s desired temperature, then there may be more problems in your system that just a simple component or two. You may really need to consider replacing it.
Again, like with home heating, consider the age of your air conditioner. When it comes time to make the decision to either repair or replace your AC unit, age is an important factor. EnergyStar recommends replacing your AC unit every 10 to 15 years.
Understand Your Timeline, As Time is Everything With Air Conditioners
Another thing to consider is time. Will you be needing your unit ASAP? How long will it take for your system to be repaired, in case you decide to have it repaired? How long will it take to assemble and install a new system, should you decide to consider an AC replacement? Will your HVAC maintenance professionals work on your system during the weekdays, when everyone is still at home working or attending online classes or can they do it on a weekend (which will obviously cost you more)? Finally, will you be assisted ASAP or are you in a waiting list behind your neighbors get their systems fixed?
Some factors that will change the time frame include:
The size of the home or building
The type of installation (simple change out, ductwork replacement, etc.)
The exact type of unit
The location of the install
Will Ductwork Replacement Help?
When caring for your HVAC system, homeowners typically overlook ductwork as it is not that visible. However, ducts are quite essential as they are responsible for carrying the conditioned air throughout your space. They need attention as well, as maybe your entire system is still fine save for leaks or tears in your ductwork that may need to be repaired or replaced altogether. Finding out that it is only your ductwork that needs replacement or repair can save you so much money. But you will need professional assistance for this.
Ducts can be repaired individually. You don’t have to replace every duct in your house to get better air to one or two rooms. Those rooms can have more airflow delivered to those rooms by increasing the size of the duct leading to the room. Another way to get more air to a room is to relocate the duct on the supply plenum to a spot that is more advantageous for getting air there. Typically the end of the plenum.
Finally, What About Your Thermostat?
If your HVAC system isn’t performing as well as you think it should, a possible culprit might be your thermostat and not necessarily the entire system. For all you know, your thermostat may be giving wrong signals to the rest of your HVAC system. It may also be that your thermostat may be in perfect working condition but is in a poor location. What does this exactly mean? You might be putting your thermostat in direct sunlight or in a drafty zone of your house, so the information it sends to your HVAC system is not accurate at all.
When you decide to replace the thermostat with your air conditioner, keep in mind that you should make the switch to a digital thermostat. These thermostats have the settings needed to help newer air conditioners run efficiently. A manual thermostat might compromise your new air conditioner’s ability to cool your home while using less energy, since the settings aren’t as precise.
If you need professional advice on these matters such as isolating problem areas of your HVAC system like your ductwork or thermostat, among other concerns, give us a call right away!