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Do I Need to Repair or Replace my HVAC Unit?

When your heating and cooling systems aren’t working as they should, you start to weigh out your options. Should you have your HVAC system repaired, or should you have it replaced? The answer to this question can vary based on many factors. Take a look at this guide to see what you need to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit. 

Age of the Unit

When determining whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit, it is important to consider its age. A typical AC unit can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your unit is within this range or over 15 years old, it might be worth replacing it. But, if you have a unit that is younger than ten years old, it might be worth having it repaired depending on the problem and how well the unit has been maintained over the years.


Breakdown Frequency

Do you feel like you’re constantly repairing your AC system? If so, you might be better off having it replaced. Repair costs add up, and before you know it, you’ve ended up spending more money than it would take to buy a brand new unit. Investing in a newer unit will not only save you headaches of frequent visits from HVAC professionals, but it will also save you money in the long run.


High Energy Bills

Increasing energy bills are another indication that it may be time to have your HVAC unit replaced. Although you’ll experience different energy costs throughout the year, your bill should remain relatively similar each month. If you notice that your energy bills have suddenly increased, it usually means that your system needs to either be repaired or replaced. Speaking to an HVAC professional is the only way to know whether it’s better to repair or replace your unit.


Refrigerant Environmental Impact and Availability

The federal government is phasing out Freon to conserve energy across the country. Many air conditioning units over ten years old use R-22 Freon refrigerant. However, as of 2020, it is no longer possible to produce this refrigerant legally. That means if your HVAC unit uses this kind of refrigerant, you will need to replace it with a modern one that uses R-410a refrigerant. 


Want to Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit?

Whether it is time to have your HVAC unit repaired or replaced, the HVAC specialists at S&L Prime A/C Heating & Cooling Systems are here to help. We have over 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry and know when it is best to have your unit repaired and when it’s more efficient to have it replaced. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.