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Homeowners Ask: How do I decide whether to Repair or Replace my HVAC system?

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Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air has been wowing clients throughout San Diego County since 1978.  The heating and cooling expert Design Consultants at Anderson are trained to find the right system to fit your particular home, lifestyle and budget to keep your family comfortable all through the year. Here’s some things to consider when faced with the decision to repair older equipment or go ahead and invest in new equipment.Equipment HistoryAsk yourself when was the last time you had your heater and AC units serviced? With proper maintenance, your HVAC system will perform reliably for many years and save on energy usage. Annual tune ups for your heater and AC also help maintain your warranties, so if you do have any issues, the cost of repair may be offset by your warranty coverage. Annual tune ups will also help keep your equipment running more efficiently, helping to manage energy usage and provide the opportunity to address minor issues before they become expensive emergencies.  Most importantly, annul tune ups significantly reduce the risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning on gas heating systems.  Signs your system needs attentionLike any mechanical equipment, as HVAC systems age, they are likely to start exhibiting symptoms that may force you to decide whether to repair or replace. 

  • Weak/inconsistent airflow
  • Inconsistent temperature control
  • Cycle frequently or constantly running
  • Odd noises
  • Repeated breakdowns
  • Refrigerant leaks
  • Rusty, old

Is your ductwork the problem? You may be experiencing issues with your comfort system due to ductwork, rather than any problems with the heater or AC units. Home remodeling and additions may have been made without consideration for ductwork sizing, or damage and deterioration may have occurred. A thorough inspection of your ductwork may identify:

  • Damaged air ducts
  • Dirty/clogged ducts
  • Improper sizing
  • Restricted air flow
  • Duct deterioration
  • Mold growth
  • Rodent/insect infestation

Repair or replace? The lifespan of an HVAC system, or separate heater or AC, is typically about 10-20 years, depending on the type of unit and climate, and assuming proper installation and maintenance. Within that period repair may be a cost-effective option. But like any appliance or equipment, there comes a time when the units wear out, and the cost and inconvenience of repeated repairs leads to the consideration of replacement. A major commitment. Replacing your comfort system, and possibly your ductwork as well, is a huge consideration, but comes with many benefits. Technology and innovation continue to make new equipment a worthy investment, making your home more energy efficient and more comfortable. Products like Mini-Splits will heat or cool a single room and do not require duct work.  Or maybe an attic fan would work well with your particular home.You may also want to consider switching from a gas heater to an electric heater or a heat pump (which can heat and cool your home), especially if you’ve added solar panels to your home.   Call for free estimates and options:Anderson’s team of expert HVAC Design Consultants will help you navigate the decision process, providing information, options and free estimates so you can choose the best solution for your home and budget. Call Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air today to schedule an appointment!

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