Repair or Replace?

Should you repair your HVAC or replace it?

At Sky HVAC, we provide the very best in heating & air conditioning repair, and that includes giving you an honest recommendation about whether repair is actually feasible or if you should consider replacement instead. There are six different factors that we look at when assessing your system. If you have more questions or need information to make the decision whether to repair or replace, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Size of Unit- If your HVAC system is not sized properly for your home – either undersized or oversized – this has us leaning toward replacing the system, although the other factors would also play a part in the decision.

  • Age of System- As a rule of thumb, we recommend repairing a system that is less than 12 years old and considering replacement if it is older than 12 years.

  • Extent of Problem- When you call us for heating & air conditioning repairs, we diagnose the problem and let you know if they are minor or extensive. Something major such as a blower motor, compressor, or condenser coils may make repairs less feasible and have us lean toward recommending replacement.

  • Cost of Repairs- We have found that when repairs would cost over 50% of the amount for a new unit, replacement is generally the chosen path, unless of course the unit is still under warranty and you aren’t the one paying for the repairs.

  • Efficiency- A system that isn’t giving you optimal efficiency is costing you money, and when you add in repairs, replacement can look like the better option. In most cases, a system with a SEER rating of 13 or less is best replaced to reduce monthly costs.
  • Repair History- It is normal for an HVAC system to need repairs from time to time, but anything more frequent than a couple of repairs in the past 8 or 10 years or if you’re facing the third major repair, it makes more sense to replace the unit.
By Logan Eppley 03 Jun, 2022
As the summer heats up, you’ll naturally be using your air conditioner more and more. This is an effective way to beat the heat, but extensive use of your AC unit can cause wear and tear, or reveal existing problems. We at Sky HVAC want to help you and your family stay comfortable this summer, and to help you do that, our team has put together a list of signs to watch for in order to tell if you need air conditioner repair. Blows Warm Air - One clear sign that something is up with your air conditioner is warm air coming from your vents. If you put your hand by a vent and feel warm air, you probably need air conditioner repair. Makes Loud Noises - Another sign you should be wary of is loud or unusual noises coming from your AC unit. All air conditioners will make some noise as they run, but if you hear grinding, screeching, or scraping sounds from your unit, you should call our team at Sky HVAC to find out if you need air conditioner repair. Smells Bad - Your air conditioner is not supposed to stink. If you notice a bad smell coming from your unit when you turn it on, it’s likely that you need air conditioner repair. A musty smell usually indicates mold somewhere in your system, while a burned smell is likely the result of wire insulation burning out. If you notice any of these signs in your home or find something else unusual happening in your air conditioner, call our team at Sky HVAC. We’ll identify the problem and get your AC running smoothly as soon as possible.
By Logan Eppley 03 Jun, 2022
Here at Sky HVAC, we specialize in all things air conditioning, and we want to help you stay cool this summer. Our team believes that the best way to help you take care of your air conditioning unit is to help you understand how it works. Knowing the principles behind your air conditioning unit will help you spot potential problems early and take care of them before they can become serious—or expensive. From our experts at Sky HVAC, here is a brief overview of how air conditioning works. Despite its association with cooling, the principle behind air conditioning is the transfer of heat. The typical air conditioning unit consists of an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser coil, and a fan. The evaporator is located inside the home, and contains a refrigerant that absorbs the heat energy from your home; as this happens, the refrigerant evaporates, hence the name. From there, the heat absorbed in the evaporator is transferred to the condenser coil, located in the exterior half of your air conditioning system. Also located outside with the condenser are the compressor and the fan. The compressor keeps refrigerant circulating throughout your system so that heat can be continually absorbed. Similarly, the fan keeps hot air moving out of your home. We hope that this article has been helpful to you. If you are experiencing problems with your air conditioning, or have further questions on how your unit operates, feel free to call our team at Sky HVAC.
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