Repair vs. Replace - What Should I Do With My HVAC?

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Owning and running your own home can be a big undertaking. It can be expensive and confusing, especially when it comes to your home’s HVAC system. It’s a pain to have to shell out a lot of money for new appliances. So, when should you call a technician to fix your current systems and when should you replace them altogether?

Air Conditioning

If you’re dealing with a failing air conditioning unit, there are some signs you can look out for. Firstly, if your energy bills have been steadily increasing, your AC unit may be struggling to keep up with the heat. An air conditioner’s typical lifespan is between 15 to 20 years. If your system is young, it’s better to see if a technician can diagnose the problem and repair it versus overhauling the whole system.


If you’re dealing with a failing heating system, you may start to feel colder in your home than usual, regardless of the temperature outside. You may also notice that your energy bills have been increasing, as your heating system works overtime to try and heat your home. Similar to your home’s air conditioning, the typical life span of your home’s heating system is around 15 to 20 years.

Air Quality

The best way to ensure a long and fulling life for your home’s ductwork is to remember to change out the air filters regularly. If you have a pet, they should be changed out every month. If you live in a household without a pet, every 90 days is standard. Your home’s ductwork has a maximum lifespan of up to 25 years. If it’s getting up there in age, it might be time to replace it.

How We Can Help

Ultimately, the decision of whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit comes down to a few factors: how old your unit is, how often it breaks down, and the cost of repairs. If your unit is on the older side and starting to break down frequently, it may be time to start shopping for a replacement. However, if your unit is relatively new and the repairs are not too expensive, you may decide to simply have it repaired. If you’re unsure of what to do, consult a professional HVAC technician from Air Care Heating And Air Conditioning (949)482-2911 . They will be able to help you make the best decision for your home and your wallet. Give us a call today, at (949) 482-2911!