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Repair Versus Replace: How to Make That Big Decision

Arianne Large - Thursday, January 05, 2017
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Heating and air conditioning systems sometimes require repair. But if the repair is substantial, how do you decide whether it's better just to replace it instead of repairing it? Here is some information that can help you make that big decision.

How Old Is Your Heating and Air Conditioning System?

Age is a significant factor in deciding whether to repair or replace your current HVAC system. Take a look at the standard life expectancy of different types of heating and cooling systems:

• Furnace - 15 years
• Heat pump - 16 years
• Air conditioner - 15 to 20 years
• Split system - 10 to 15 years

Although high-end equipment that undergoes regular maintenance throughout the life of the system may last longer, these expectations are a good rule of thumb. If your equipment is nearing the upper end of its age limit, it might be a better investment to replace your system with high-efficiency units instead of spending the money to repair the old and inefficient ones. 

How Much Are You Spending on Repairs?

If you have been properly maintaining your heating and cooling system, you might be able to lower the cost of routine repairs. However, if you haven't had your system serviced annually, you could be looking at high-cost repairs. If your system is running well and needs only minor adjustments, the best choice could be to do the repairs and keep your system running longer. If your system needs a lot of frequent and expensive work, however, looking at a new heating and air conditioning system is often a better option.

Should you repair or replace your HVAC system? It's a decision that requires careful consideration and often some guidance from a professional. For help deciding whether to repair or replace your heating and air conditioning units, contact our team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.