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Signs You Need HVAC Replacement Over Repair

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There is a lot to do as a homeowner here in San Antonio, TX, with ongoing maintenance and trying to keep home operating costs down. We know that usually repairing appliances and home systems is a good money-saving move because it defers replacement costs. However, there is a fine line between when making repairs is a frugal or money wasting move.

How do you know the difference? One major indicator is age. If your unit is 15 years old or more, you should outright be looking at an ac replacement. In addition to the possibility that repairs may be costly, there have been a number of advances over the last several years in energy efficiency. Upgrading to an energy-efficient model will help you cut your energy bills immediately.

Replace the Thermostat

nsplashAre you finding that your home is heating or cooling unevenly? This can be attributed to a couple of different reasons. It may be that the thermostat is no longer working, in which case it should be replaced.

However, it may also be an indicator that one or more of your HVAC components is malfunctioning. If you find that you have to repair a number of items in a short succession of time that means it is better to get a new one.

Inconsistent heating or cooling could also indicate that your HVAC is the wrong size for your home. If you haven’t consulted with a professional to make sure that you’ve got the right size, your unit may be chugging away but lacks the power to actually heat or cool your home.

Replace the Air Filter

Replacing the air filter is a great way to keep your HVAC running more efficiently and to keep allergens to a minimum in your home.

Unfortunately, if your unit is older, this may not work anymore, and your air quality will still be low. If you see a lot of dust or if family members report problems with allergic systems, replace instead of repair.

Air Conditioning

nsplashIs your air conditioner blowing warm air no matter how cool you’ve set it? Is it making banging noises? Does it smell funky? Are your energy bills creeping in without explanation? Do yourself a favor and replace it.

One time that you might want to pursue repairs as a first option is if your unit is still under warranty. If it is of no (or low) cost to you, you might as well explore the possibility.

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