Is It More Affordable to Replace Your HVAC Compressor or Repair It?

Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills? Concerned by uneven temperatures or humidity problems? It may be time to consult an HVAC professional and determine if your system needs a repair or replaced altogether. With the high cost of a new HVAC system, you might be wondering which option is the advantageous choice.

When to Replace Your HVAC UnitIn general, repairing an item is cheaper than replacing the entire unit, unfortunately, this isn’t always the economical choice. Some components are easier to repair or less essential to a unit’s operating ability, and this is not true of an HVAC compressor. An HVAC compressor is the critical component of any HVAC system and can cost up to half of the cost of a new unit.

While this is still a potentially large saving for you, there are other factors to consider before deciding on a repair. How old is the unit? Most heat pump systems last between 10 and 15 years, meaning that aged units with a failed compressor can expect other necessary repairs in the next few years. Additionally, modern units have increased efficiency, offsetting the cost with lower bills. Part of the increased efficiency of these units is a change in the type of refrigerant that is available.

Freon is slowly being phased out and replaced by 410a refrigerant, making it both difficult and expensive if a repair is needed. If you are looking for increased efficiency or your unit is over ten years of age, it might be time to replace the entire unit.

When a Repair Makes More SenseWhile there are numerous advantages to a new system, there are a few instances when a repair is an economical choice. If the part is still under warranty from the company, then the cost of a repair makes sense. Also, if the HVAC unit is under ten years you might consider a repair. While other parts may show signs of wear and tear, replacing the compressor could greatly increase the lifespan of the entire unit, saving you the cost of replacing everything a little longer.

In either situation, it can be difficult to decide which choice fits your needs. If you are concerned about your HVAC unit, contact us today at 408-295-2182. We can help.