HVAC Repair vs. Replacement: Things You Need to Consider

HVAC installer performing maintenance

There are many reasons to replace your HVAC system. Perhaps the number of recent repair bills have been getting out of hand, or your current unit is no longer providing consistent comfort. Unless it’s stopped working completely, the decision to replace it isn’t always easy. Keep in mind that not all issues necessitate an immediate replacement.

In this blog, the contractor you turn to for HVAC technology trends, McLay Services, Inc., shares some things to consider when deciding between an HVAC repair or a replacement.

The age of your HVAC system. With proper maintenance, heating and cooling systems can last through their average lifespans. An air conditioner has a serviceable life of 12 to 15 years; for a furnace, it’s about 14 to 20 years. If your unit is close to the end of its life, finding a more efficient replacement makes sense.

Frequent repairs. If you’ve been frequently calling your HVAC technician for heating and AC repairs, it might be time to replace your system. This is especially true if recent repair bills have gotten more expensive. The system might already be too old, or perhaps you’re experiencing comfort issues due to it being the wrong size for your home. A reputable contractor can advise you about either replacing the faulty components or switching to a new, more efficient system for your home.

Loud noises. A noisy HVAC system is an indication that it’s working too hard to provide consistent comfort in your home. If this happens while turning it on or off, there could be a problem with the compressor. A grinding noise often means that the fan motor’s bearings are going bad or require lubrication. Rattling noises could be due to debris caught in the fan’s blades. Get in touch with your trusted HVAC technician as soon as possible and have them locate the source of the noise and fix the problem.

McLay Services, Inc. is the leading provider of high-quality residential and commercial HVAC services. If you’re wondering whether you need to get a surge protector for AC units or replace your heating system with a new one, give us a call at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service appointment. We serve La Verne, CA, and the surrounding communities.