When Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your HVAC Unit?

When is it Time to Repair or Replace your HVAC unit?

When exactly should you repair or replace your HVAC system ? There are several key factors that can help you make a wise decision and our Certified HVAC ServiceTechnicians base their decisions on the following analysis of your system.

In evaluating whether you need to repair or replace your system, in both instances we first look at the age of your system; specifically if your system is twelve years or older. We next take a look at the extent of your HVAC problems. If your systems problems are minor, we recommend a repair and if they are the opposite end of this scale (major repair), we recommend a replacement. The next factor we evaluate is the overall cost to fix your HVAC problem. If your unit is still under warranty and the cost to fix your HVAC is under 50% the cost of a brand new unit, we recommend a repair. On the other hand, if the cost to repair your HVAC is greater than 50% of the cost of a new unit, we recommend a replacement. We then look to the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Is your HVAC operating with less than a 13 SEER or 10 EER rating? If the answer to this question is a “yes” then we will suggest a repair vs. an answer of “no”, where we will suggest a replacement. The following question we ask is in regards to the frequency of repairs. If you have had 2 or less, we recommend a repair. On the other hand, if you have had 3 or more we recommend a brand new unit. The last factor we look at is the size of the unit and if it is the right size, our recommendation falls into the repair category. If your unit is over or undersized, we recommend a new HVAC, as your system is not operating efficiently anyway.

Take a look at this HVAC infographic to help you determine when your HVAC unit needs to be repaired or replaced.

Click on the Infographic below to see a larger view:

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When Is It Time To Repair Or Replace Your HVAC Unit? by Walnut Creek HVAC


Keep in mind that each home and home comfort system is different and specifically designed for your individual home’s needs. This infographic explains generally what to do based on our professional experience and the latest industry standards.

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