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Repairing vs. Replacing Your Residential HVAC System

HVAC problems are common, from minor issues to more serious malfunctions. Taking good care of your residential HVAC system will help to keep it functioning as it should, but you can still experience problems on occasion. Fortunately, there are always solutions available, whether it’s having your system serviced, repaired, or replaced.

Common Signs of HVAC Problems

There are various indications that your HVAC system might have an issue that needs to be addressed. Here are some of the problems to watch out for if you want to catch them early.

Problems with Temperature Regulation

It’s likely to be fairly noticeable if your home isn’t the temperature you want it to be. If your AC doesn’t seem to be cooling all the rooms properly or the heating is on but your home is still cold, there could be a problem. The issue might lie in several areas, including the thermostat or ductwork.

Unusual Utility Bills

When you know roughly how much your utility bills typically cost each month, you can spot if they’re much higher than usual. Higher bills could mean you’re using more energy than you should be, perhaps because of a leak or just an old unit that needs to be replaced.

Unexpected Moisture

Leaks, condensation, or puddles of water can all be warning signs of needed repairs or replacement. If you’re able to find the cause of the leak, this will be helpful for the certified technician to quickly solve the issue. Oftentimes leaks can be easily repaired, but it’s important to be prepared for more damage to be discovered based on how long the leak has occurred.

Noises and Odors

Any unusual noises or odors coming from your HVAC system should be addressed. Rattling, banging, or squeaking might be caused by problems that need to be repaired. Pay particular attention if you smell rotten eggs, which could be a gas leak that needs to be taken care of IMMEDIATELY. Turn the gas off and call in a repair service as soon as possible.

Preventing Problems

Good maintenance can protect your HVAC system. Booking a routine maintenance service will ensure your HVAC system is kept in top condition and operates at peak performance. Maintenance will involve examining your system, gauging airflow, checking the condensate drain, changing the air filter, cleaning the condenser coils, and more. All of these things will prevent problems from developing and help to extend the lifespan of your system.

Should You Repair or Replace?

Knowing when to repair or replace your residential HVAC system can be tricky. There are a few reasons you might choose a replacement over a repair. One of the reasons replacement could be the better choice is if the cost of repair, or the cumulative cost of multiple repairs, costs more than replacement. Another good reason is if your system is no longer efficient and can’t be improved with repairs or modifications.

If you suspect there’s something wrong with your HVAC system, it’s time to call in 1st Class Heat & Air. But there’s no need to wait until you think there’s a problem. Good maintenance is also an essential part of caring for your HVAC system.