Old HVAC – Repair or Replace your AC System?

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No matter what type of HVAC system you have, you probably realize that as with most things it won’t last forever. At some point you’re going to have to decide if you are going to pay for continual repairs or have the system replaced. This can be a difficult decision as with any larger investment.  There are many factors that you should take into consideration before you decide to repair or replace.


One of the foremost considerations you should make is for the safety of your family.  You could have an old, outdated system that is susceptible to cracks and leaks that could cause harmful carbon monoxide poisoning. Another issue could be that your boiler could break down in the middle of the winter and leave you without heat during the coldest months of the year.  The safety of your loved ones should be factored in to your decision, no matter the outcome.

When to repair

The most obvious reason to make repairs rather than a full replacement is cost savings. Most of the time a simple repair might be all it takes to get your system up and running again, however you should also consider the age of your unit. HVAC’s, if properly maintained, could last about 15 to 20 years. If you have a boiler system in your home this could last up to 30 years or more. Determining the age of your unit will also help you decide whether you should make repairs or not.

When to replace

If your unit is very old and working inefficiently then you should consider upgrading to a newer and more energy efficient design. Also, if your AC unit has had multiple repairs and you are shelling out smaller amounts of money more often then you may want to, then you should consider a full replacement.

Another factor could be if the repair parts are hard to locate or you have to wait several days for them to come in. Furthermore, upgrading to a new system will help you with energy efficiency and save you money on your utility bills. In addition, a new unit will come with a warranty that will cover any issues for the next five years.

It can be hard to determine if you should repair or replace your AC system. There are many factors that you need to think about.  When you have issues with your heating system, you should contact the experts at Air Expo New Jersey where our professional HVAC mechanics will give you honest advice on repairing or replacing.

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