Replace vs. Repair: Heating and Air Conditioning

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As heating and air conditioning systems age, the energy efficiency and reliability of the equipment will begin to decline, while operating and repair costs rise. You will eventually be confronted with a choice, to either repair the equipment or replace the system with a more energy-efficient system. Below are some general tips to consider when facing the decision to replace or repair your heating and air conditioning equipment.




    Top Reasons to Replace a Heating & Air Conditioning System:

  • High repair costs. If the cost to repair the heating or air conditioning system is more than 50% of the cost of a new system, investing in a new HVAC system may be advisable.
  • No repair coverage. The equipment is not currently covered by a manufacturers warranty or service contract, which would cover the costs of repair.
  • Age of the equipment. The age of the heating or cooling system has surpassed its average life expectancy and the repair will not adequately extend the life of the equipment.
  • Service reliability issues. If the heating and cooling system has been unreliable and undergone numerous repairs, then replacing the equipment may be the best option.
  • Unavailability of replacement parts. As heating and air conditioning equipment age, replacement parts may be more difficult to find.

Top Reasons to Repair a Heating & Air Conditioning System:

  • The problem is covered. The furnace, central air conditioner, heat pump or boiler is still under a manufacturers warranty or service contract that covers the failed part and/or labor.
  • Equipment has serviceable years. Based upon the average life expectancy of the heating and air conditioning system, the equipment has enough service years remaining to justify the repair.
  • Repair costs are reasonable. One general rule of thumb identifies "reasonable" as "less than 50% of the cost of a new heating or air conditioning system.
  • Consistent reliability and operation. If the heating and cooling system has been reliable, has operated without failure, or if you particularly like the model and features, then repairing the equipment may be the best option.

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