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How to decide whether it's time to repair or replace your HVAC

Jan 5

Every homeowner will experience an issue in their HVAC Oceanside system. The thermostat is turned up to keep warm in the cold morning. However, you don't receive any kind of response. The system won't turn on and you don't get warmth from the radiators. There's a chance that the issue is a simple one such as a blocked filter or a tripped breaker. You might also be wondering if it's cost-effective to replace the device.


How can I tell the condition of my HVAC system needs to be replaced?


Here are some of the things to think about before making the choice to repair or replace your HVAC system.


1. You must ensure that you are secure


The safety of your family is most likely your priority. If your heating unit poses a safety risk it's logical to replace it, especially when the repair is expensive and unreliable.


A fractured heat exchanger could result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage into the home's air. It could cause death. Don't make the mistake of taking this risk.


But other issues might only require minor repairs, like jammed valves or inadequate wiring. In order to determine the best solution, it is necessary to conduct an analysis of the cost-benefit ratio and talk with your HVAC Oceanside contractor.


2. Time of life


Think about the age of your furnace. Be aware that, as mentioned, a furnace will have an average life span of between 15 and 20 years. In certain situations, your licensed and qualified HVAC contractor will write the date of installation directly on the unit during the process of installation. You will find a metal identification plaque with serial and model numbers inside the chamber door. The manufacturer can be reached via the customer service line to inquire about the manufacture date of the device.


3. Efficiency of Heating


If the heating system isn't working at maximum efficiency, it will not be able to heat your home. If certain rooms of your home aren't heating to the temperature you've set then it's likely that you've got an inefficient heater. It's possible to notice that specific zones are more heated than others in older systems, which could indicate that your heater is having difficulty heating the entire house.


Home Cooling System Repair vs. Replacement


When determining whether to repair or replace your home's cooling system, think about the following things:

1. The Unit's Age


As with your home heating and air conditioning, you must also think about the condition of your air conditioner. The age of your AC is crucial when deciding if you should replace or repair it. The air conditioner should be replaced every 10 to 15 years.


If the air conditioner you have is years old or older, it might not be worthwhile to replace it, unless the issue is not too serious, like an old fan belt or a condenser that has become clogged.


2. R-22 Freon usage


In order to save energy, the federal government has been moving to phase out Freon across the country. The result is that the price of Freon has increased significantly. If your AC is running on Freon then you'll need to replace it someday in order to switch to the brand new R410A refrigerant. If your unit is failing or is experiencing issues with the need for more Freon, it's probably time to think about replacing it.


3. Frequency of Breakdown


Do you feel that your air conditioner is continuously malfunctioning? Are you fed up with calling experts over and over again to resolve another issue with your air cooling system? If this is the case frequent repairs could pile over time, rendering it inefficient to carry on with them on an older device.


4. Repair costs

Should I replace my HVAC before it fails?

If you're unsure about fixing or replacing your existing unit or if it's more than ten years and you're looking to buy a new one, it could be a wise investment. The local HVAC Contractor is required to maintain the AC unit from time to time. If your AC requires frequent repairs, it will be more expensive to replace the system than the cost of installation.

AirTime Heating and Air Conditioning 

Oceanside, CA 

(760) 452-9414