Do you service and maintain your HVAC equipment, or do you wait until it breaks down and replace it? Regular maintenance will increase the life of your HVAC equipment and save you money. There are times when the HVAC system, or parts of the system, will need to be replaced. But before you search for a replacement, consider your options and decide whether a simple update would be better for your home and your wallet.
When to replace your HVAC equipment
- Condensing Unit: The outdoor unit houses the compressor. It needs to be replaced when an upgraded AC system or updated refrigerants are introduced.
- Evaporator Coil: The indoor unit needs to be replaced when the condensing unit or refrigerants are updated.
- Copper Line Set: The copper line set will need to be replaced when using an updated refrigerant. Remnants of oil from the old refrigerant can contaminate the new system.
- Duct Work: Duct work modification can range from a small transition piece to extensive rebuilds. Extensive rebuilds occur when the original system was not designed or installed properly. Extensive rebuilds are also required when upgrading the furnace to a high efficiency unit.
- Furnace: Furnace replacement depends on the condition of the unit. It’s common to upgrade the furnace while updating the AC portion of the HVAC System.
- Thermostat: Thermostat replacement will be required when upgrading from a single stage system to a two stage, or a single stage system to a variable speed system.
Are you getting a good deal?
Before making the final decision to replace your HVAC equipment, make sure to consult with multiple licensed contractors. This gives you the option to compare prices and serves as an additional measure that will help you enjoy the comfort of your decisions with confidence.
If you do need to replace your entire HVAC system, get tips on financing your new HVAC system here!