Knowing When to Get Your A/C or Heater

Replaced or Repaired


A/C or heater maintenance is paramount for impeccable operation.


The following are of some importance of A/C and heater maintenance:


  • Improve the quality of your indoor air, improve health, and enhance comfort
  • Increase energy efficiency and save monthly energy bills
  • Extend the unit lifespan and prevent enormous system malfunction in the future.


How To Decide Whether To Fix or Replace Your A/C or Heater...


The unit’s age


When deciding whether an External link opens in new tab or windowHVAC repair or replacement is apt for you, the unit age should be your first consideration. Generally, older HVAC units are considered prone to operational problems and expensive maintenance. This is because older devices tend to have a flawed operation, and their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) eventually becomes lower.


Depending on maintenance and the installation quality, some units can last longer up to 15 years. However, the Department of Energy states that older HVAC units may hardly meet the minimum federal energy efficiency standards and therefore cost you more. If your system is over ten years old, then it’s time to consider a replacement.


Repair requirements and the cost


If the required repair is something minor like clogged drainage, then the repair cost won’t be high enough to make you consider system replacement. However, if your unit is older and severely damaged (think: by a flood or storm) and the estimated repair cost is adjacent to 50% of its value, then replacement is inevitable.


Another factor to consider is how often your A/C or heater needs some repair work. Does your unit run flawlessly, or do you frequently find yourself contacting emergency HVAC services? If this is the case, replacing your current system with a new model is more cost-effective than using your money to aid an unreliable unit.


The continuity of the current unit maintenance


Proper maintenance is the key determinant of your current system’s efficiency, reliability, and life expectancy. 50% of all expensive A/C or heater problems could be avoided just by regular maintenance. Your A/C should be operating efficiently if you’ve been faithfully keeping up with the following:


  • Regular system cleaning
  • Filter changing at least once in 3 months
  • You’ve been calling your local HVAC service for regular annual tune-ups.


If you’ve neglected to keep up with regular maintenance in one or the other, the issues you’re currently experiencing with your unit might be the outcome. Depending on the problem intensity and the estimated fixing cost, a replacement may start to make more sense.


Air conditioners or heaters are one of the greatest investments you can make for your residential or commercial building. Like other machines, A/C units also reach a point and need repairs or even total replacement.


Determining whether to repair or invest in a new system can be perplexing. This post deeply explains when to get your A/C or heater repaired or replaced.