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The money you save in repairs will help offset the cost of a new
system, and your operating efficiencies will probably be much
improved.

If you experience any of these problems, you might consider
having a HVAC professional conduct a load analysis of your
home. This can determine the size unit your home requires.

If the repair you'll be looking at is a big one, you should probably think long and hard about whether it's worth the cost.
York International recommends that if the cost of repairing
your system is more than half the installed price of a new system, it's usually more cost effective to go with a replacement,
Frederick said.

An especially noisy system could signal your system is working
too hard to keep up with the cooling demands of your home.
Loud noises accompanied by a reduction in the amount of
cooling may indicate a problem with the compressor, while
a grinding sound might be the result of bearings in the fan
motor that need to be replaced or lubricated.

It's also important to note that replacing some of the components in your system may result in a mismatched system,
which can decrease system efficiency, compromise your comfort and shorten the life span of the compressor.

And, Harnish advised, hot and cold spots within your home
may indicate a need to upgrade your HVAC system with a new
unit. Be sure to check ductwork and insulation first, however,
as these can also result in temperature inconsistencies.

In any case, a HVAC professional can tell you whether replacing a part will solve a problem, or if it makes sense to replace
the entire system.

Another factor to consider is the length of time you plan to remain in your home. Ask a realtor if it makes sense from a sales
point to replace an old system. As always, be sure to locate
a reputable dealer to assist you with problems you have with
your existing system or questions about replacing the system.

Some warning signs that your HVAC system may not be
appropriate for the size or needs of your home include the
system turning on and off frequently, excessive noise and
inconsistent temperatures throughout the home, said Keith
Harnish, a partner in Berks County-based Ultimate Comfort
Heating & Cooling LLC.

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