When to Repair vs. Replace Your HVAC

First, consider the cost to repair your unit. If it breaks down several times a year, constantly turns on and off, or you’re paying extra on your utility bills each month. It's time to look into getting a new unit. 

It’s hard to measure how much you should be paying on utility bills, but a way to calculate is to divide the square foot of your home by your bill each month to figure out how much you are paying per square foot. You can then contact your energy provider to compare the average rates for your area. 

Cost of Repair

Age of Your Unit

Next, consider your HVAC unit’s age. If it is less than five years old, just repair the unit! It likely has many years of quality service ahead of it. On the flip side, if your unit is over ten years old, it will probably be more cost-efficient in the long run, to replace the HVAC system. 

Multiply the cost of repairs by the age of your unit. If the number you calculate is more than 5,000, we suggest replacing the unit. For example, if repairs cost $1,000, and your unit is two years old the sum is2,000, and repairing the unit is cost-efficient. If your unit is nine years old the sum is 9,000 then it's probably time to replace it. 

Safety Risks

Assess the problem at hand. If you have a ductwork leak—that is not an issue with the HVAC unit itself! A simple repair to your ducts will be a much more cost-efficient fix. If the problem with your system is presenting a health or safety risk, such as a carbon monoxide leak, or posing a fire risk, replacement is the better option, ensuring peace of mind for your family. 

When in doubt, call our technicians. They can answer specific questions you may have about your individual unit. We will help you decide if it would be more beneficial to get a repair or a replacement. It's a difficult decision. You want to make sure you get the advice of someone who cares about the comfort of your family and home.