HVAC Repair vs. Replacement: Which Option is Right for Me?

Homeowners rely on their HVAC systems most if not all year long to keep their homes comfortable. However, like all appliances or machines, HVAC systems eventually need repairs or replacement. Deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit is a question many homeowners face. There are many factors to consider when making this decision, and it’s important that you keep a few key things in mind. Consider the following factors when determining which option is best for you: 

Calculate Repair Costs

Repairs do not come without a cost, and depending on the frequency of repairs, the bills can add up over time. Significant repairs can be very costly, and in some cases it may be more cost-effective to replace your unit instead of paying for the repairs. When faced with a steep repair quote, make sure to weigh your options and consider the overall price of a new unit compared to the cost of the repair. You may also consider your repair expenses over the past year or two and consider the cost of a new unit.


Today’s HVAC units have an average lifespan of 10-15 years when regularly maintained and repaired. If your unit begins to show signs of a problem before the 10-15 year mark, then you can likely have the problems solved with a simple repair. However, older units that have recurring problems or frequent breakdowns may need to be replaced altogether. While many problems can be solved, frequent repairs can be costly, and sometimes it is wiser to replace your older unit with a new one. 

Safety Concerns

Safety is the #1 priority when it comes to your home, which is why it is important to acknowledge any and all problems with your HVAC system. Electrical systems like HVAC units can pose safety hazards for a variety of reasons, including pest damage, faulty installation, improper repair, etc. If you notice anything hazardous coming from your HVAC unit, be sure to contact your local HVAC professionals ASAP. They will be able to assess your unit, determine the issue, and repair the unit or install a new unit if necessary. If your HVAC unit frequently has safety problems, you should definitely consider replacing it with a new, safer unit. 


Your HVAC system has one main job: provide heating or cooling to keep you and your family comfortable all year long. If your HVAC system is struggling to heat or cool your home evenly, then you may need to consider a repair or replacement. If uneven heating or cooling is a relatively new problem, then you can consider a repair from your local HVAC professional. However, if your HVAC unit is old and showing signs of system failure, then you should consider replacing it with a new unit. 

Energy Efficiency

HVAC systems are one of the biggest consumers of energy in your home. Inefficient HVAC systems can lead to spikes in your energy bills. While minor problems can cause energy inefficiencies with your HVAC unit, the older your unit, the less energy efficient it will  be. If you have a relatively new unit but are struggling with high energy bills, consider having an HVAC professional assess your unit to ensure it is running properly. However, if your unit is older than 10-15 years, you may want to consider upgrading to a new unit that will help you save on energy bills. 

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