HVAC Cooling Replacement And Installations: Installing, Repairing, Replacing your HVAC Unit
Do I Need to Replace My HVAC Unit?
It depends on a variety of factors, including the age and condition of your current unit, how often you use your air conditioning and heating, and your home’s insulation levels. Likewise, if you find yourself using your air conditioning or heating more often than usual (or if you live in a particularly warm or cold climate), it may be time to upgrade to a newer model. If you’re not sure whether it’s time for a replacement, consult with one of our HVAC specialists who can inspect your unit and help you make the best decision for your home and budget.
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The Department of Energy recommends that homeowners replace their HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. Different parts of the system age at varying rates: The heat pump lasts about 10 to 20 years, the furnace has a lifespan of 15 to 30 years, and the air conditioning unit lasts between 15 and 20 years. Older units can use R-22 freon which is harmful to the environment. By upgrading to a newer HVAC system, you can save on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. With all the technology at our disposal these days, there’s no reason you should have to deal with a lackluster, unreliable HVAC system.
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High Energy Bills
Regular maintenance on your HVAC system can help extend its life of it and reduce energy bills. There are a few things that can cause an abnormally high energy bill, including dirty air filters, duct leaks, failing motors or other parts, low refrigerant levels, lack of maintenance, and simple aging of the appliance. If you notice a substantial increase in your energy bill, reach out to an HVAC pro for help determining if there’s something wrong with your heating and cooling system.
Repair vs. Replacement
According to industry standards, it is better to replace an HVAC unit if the cost of repair is more than 30% of the overall cost of replacing it. Factors that affect the cost of an HVAC replacement include SEER level, tonnage, and size of the home.
The average cost of repairs:
- The average cost for common repairs is $200-$1,300.
- The average cost for a leak is $200-$1,300.
- The average cost for drainage problems is $100-$150.
- The average cost for compressor replacement is $600-$1,200.
- The average cost for frozen condenser coils is $250-$1,000.
- The average cost for fan or air blower issues is $450-$650.
- The average cost for a clogged air filter is $75-$180.$
- The average cost to repair electrical circuits is $100–$150.
- The range of electrical work costs is generally $100-$600.
- The average cost for thermostat replacement is $100-$250.
- The average cost to repair ductwork is $750–$3,300.
- The average cost to clean the furnace is $60-$80.
An aging HVAC unit will struggle to keep a consistent temperature in a home. If you notice that your home never seems warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer, the HVAC system may be to blame. Some issues that may cause inconsistent temperatures are motor damage, cracked ducts, clogged filters, a damaged or inaccurate thermostat, or low fluid levels. If the ductwork is damaged or the HVAC system is struggling to keep up with heating and cooling demands, investing in a new system will save money on utility bills.
Sometimes a failing HVAC unit will make a strange squealing or grinding noise. A well-maintained HVAC system should run somewhat quietly. If you hear unusual noises coming from your HVAC unit, call a professional to assess the problem.
Dust in Home
Dust in the home can be a sign of a failing HVAC system. Ductwork installation is recommended when replacing an HVAC system. New ductwork goes a long way toward lowering energy bills.
Questions to Ask About HVAC Unit Replacement Cost
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, as the total cost will be influenced by a variety of factors. However, by asking the right questions you can get a better idea of what to expect.
Some things that will influence HVAC unit replacement cost include:
- The size and type of unit
- The age and condition of the existing unit
- The complexity of the installation process
- Whether any repairs are needed prior to installation
- The brand and quality of the new unit
Consult with one of our HVAC specialists who can inspect your unit and help you make the best decision for your home and budget.
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