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How to Know When It's Time to Repair or Replace HVAC Systems

The first air conditioner was invented more than a century ago in 1902. Heaters have been used in different forms, like cast iron stoves, for even longer.

Since their creation, these systems have been improved many times. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean they last forever.

Many homeowners wonder how they can tell if it's time to repair or replace HVAC systems. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know.

How Long Does a Heater or AC Unit Last?

Many homeowners wonder what the expected lifespan of their heater or air conditioner is. The age of a system also helps when deciding whether to repair or replace your system.

The average lifespan of HVAC systems include:

  • Air conditioner - 15 to 20 years
  • Furnace - 15 to 20 years
  • Heat Pump - 16 years

Keep in mind these are only averages. If a unit is used more than average, it might need replacement sooner. Units that are used less often might last longer.

Another factor in whether your HVAC system will last its lifespan is how well maintained it is. If you keep up on routine maintenance, your system might last longer.

When to Repair HVAC Systems

If possible, it's better to repair your unit rather than replace it. Repairs generally cost less than replacing HVAC systems. They're also quicker and generally more convenient.

If your system is appropriately aged, you can usually repair it. Some situations warrant replacing the system regardless of its age.

When to Replace HVAC Systems

Besides age, a primary consideration in whether to repair or replace HVAC systems is the cost. If a repair costs more than a new installation, it's time to replace your AC or heater.

You'll also want to replace HVAC systems if any of the following apply:

  • Your air conditioner uses R-22 Freon (which is being phased out by the government)
  • Your heating or cooling costs are steadily rising
  • Your unit is unable to keep your home at a comfortable temperature
  • Any damage makes the unit unsafe (such as when the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is increased)
  • You see more dust accumulation throughout your home than usual

These are just a few of the most common signs it's time to replace your air conditioner or heating system. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell whether you should repair or replace your unit.

When You're Not Sure Whether to Repair or Replace

If you're not sure whether to repair or replace your systems, ask for a professional opinion. An HVAC technician can help determine the best course of action for a faulty heating or cooling system.

Homeowners should always avoid working on air conditioning or heating systems themselves. There are a lot of risks involved only a trained professional fully understands.

Besides obvious breaks, there are a few other reasons you might want to call a professional HVAC technician. These include:

  • Hearing strange noises when your AC or heater is running
  • Smelling unusual odors coming from your HVAC systems

If you ever have doubts about the safety of your heating or cooling system, call a professional. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

If possible, find a technician who is certified to work with specific brands. For example, we're a certified Trane dealer. This would make us a great choice if you need to repair or replace a Trane AC unit.

Do You Need to Replace or Repair Your HVAC System?

The most significant considerations when deciding whether to replace or repair your HVAC systems are age and price. In some situations, other things need to be considered.

Do you have more questions about when it's time to replace HVAC systems?

Contact us today. One of our associates would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.