repair vs. replace hvac

When something goes wrong with your HVAC system, you’ll have the option to repair it or completely replace it. Depending on the issue, this may be a simple decision to make. For quick and easy tasks, repairing is likely your best choice. But not all situations are this cut and dry. Here’s a few things to consider and our advice on whether you should repair vs. replace your HVAC unit.

Comparing Repair vs. Replace HVAC Service

The Cost

Just like with cars, your HVAC system can be “totaled” if the cost of the repair is higher than the cost of buying an entirely new unit. This isn’t always the answer you want to hear, especially if the problem was sudden and you’re financially unprepared to make a new purchase. Keep in mind that the cost of a new system can be offset by local or state tax credits for purchasing newer, more energy-efficient systems.

The Environmental Impact

If you have an older system, you may be able to help reduce your carbon footprint. If you routinely complete preventative HVAC repairs and are still unsatisfied with your current environmental impact, it might be time to upgrade to a new system.

If the cost of repair and the cost of buying a new unit are relatively similar, you might think about the environmental impact of a new unit versus your current one. There may be other benefits to replacing your HVAC system than just monetary ones.

The Lifespan

The average HVAC system will last 12 to 15 years if properly maintained. If you are nearing the end of your unit’s lifespan, you may want to consider a full replacement over a repair. Again, similar to a car, one repair often leads to another and the costs of these can certainly add up over the years.

The Size

The HVAC system that was installed in your home when it was built, may no longer be the right size if you’ve added on to the home or deconstructed parts of it. For example, if your unit is cycling on too often, it might be because it’s too small to keep your entire home comfortable. The cost of overuse may be greater than the cost of upgrading to a larger system.

The Resale Value

If you are considering moving out of your home in the next few years, you may want to think about installing a new unit if your current one is getting older or is frequently in need of repairs. If you keep the unit, you might not get as high of an offer on the home, because the new owners will want to spend the money to replace it, or they may make you replace it as part of the agreement. If you preemptively upgrade your unit, you might have a better chance of selling the house quickly in a competitive real estate market.

Repairing or Installing Your HVAC System: Give AComfort A Call Today!

Nobody enjoys have constant issues with their HVAC system. If you’re wondering whether you should repair yours or completely replace it, give AComfort a call today! We’ll schedule a time for one of our expert technicians to visit your home, assess your system, and provide a recommendation. Regardless of which option you choose, we’re there to help you through every step of the process! To learn more, simply call 678-688-7378.