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If you’ve recently purchased a new home, you’re probably wondering about the state of the appliances. While the inspector approved them, their age and use mean they could break within a few years of moving in. In some cases, you may be tempted to replace the parts entirely. However, your HVAC system should not be one of them. Here are three reasons to repair your HVAC unit and replace broken parts instead of buying a new one.
HVAC Systems Are Built to Replace Small Parts
There are plenty of appliances in your home that are useless once they break. Once your refrigerator is done, you need a new one and it’s rare to hear about people investing in a coffee maker repair. However, your HVAC system is designed to be taken apart, so when one part of the system breaks, you can easily fix it instead of tossing the whole unit and buying a new one.
This is mostly because some parts are more prone to breaking than others. Hoses and pipes clog easily, and they’re delicate enough to break, while filters need to be replaced monthly to keep the air flowing. Meanwhile, updating your fan coil regularly can increase your system’s SEER rating and lower your energy bills. Instead of replacing your unit, give it a tune up instead and see how it performs better.
Small Repairs and Maintenance Help You Save in the Long Run
Many homeowners forget about their HVAC systems or don’t think it’s important to have regular checks to the units. After all, if everything is performing well, why should someone check on it? This can be a huge mistake when something breaks that costs your family thousands in repairs.
Treat your HVAC system with the same care as your car. Even if it’s functioning properly, you still get the oil changed and tires rotated twice a year in order to extend its life and performance. When your HVAC tech services your system and replaces a coil or hose, they’re ensuring a functioning system for years to come. This means that instead of your system breaking after 10 years, it can last more than 20.
Removing Old Units Can Be a Pain
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The process of removing an HVAC unit — especially an old one — from a home requires careful dismantling and handling of the system. Some older systems have refrigerant R-22, which emits ozone-depleting gases into the air when exposed. This means you need to have an expert or multiple experts on hand to disconnect your unit and move it out of the house.
Once the HVAC system is disconnected, you need to contract the right people to haul it away. There are some services that remove and recycle HVAC units and will pick it up for you, or you may need to drive it to a local drop-off point or recycling center. If you’re not ready to move your HVAC system, keep fixing it until you are.
HVAC systems are built to last decades. As long as you keep your parts clean and strong, you should be comfortable in your home for years to come.