When to Repair, and When to Replace, your Air Conditioning System

It’s an age-old question in the world of facility maintenance: to repair a piece of equipment, or to replace it? It is usually cheaper to repair, but there comes a point of diminishing returns at which replacement becomes the more cost-effective option. For HVAC systems this varies, but there are a few factors that be helpful in assessing the situation.

As a rule of thumb, 12-15 years is the average lifespan of an HVAC system. Most of the time, if the system is under 12 years old, there is no need to replace it, unless you are looking to upgrade. Once you pass the 15 year mark, however, it is time to consider acquiring and installing a new one preemptively.

That being said, it is always a good idea to gather as much information about your current air conditioning system as possible before making a decision. A thorough inspection of the system, especially ductwork, will help you determine its efficiency. If you can pinpoint a part that is dragging it down, repair that part. If it would be too costly, replace the whole system.

Whether you do decide to repair or replace your air conditioning system, we at MaintenX are here to support you. To schedule an assessment of your HVAC system and weigh options with our trained technicians, please contact us today.