For AC Repair or Replacement, Age Matters

Published On: May 21, 2022Categories: Advice and tips

When the weather heats up in Ohio, the humidity and temps can be just brutal. As a homeowner, you know that having your air conditioning system operating at optimum levels is key. However, there does come a day when one of the most important decisions you will make is whether to repair or replace your air conditioning system. And while no two situations are alike, we have seven factors to consider that will make your decision easier.

1. The WHEN to repair:

When considering repairs, there is a surprisingly simple formula widely used across the HVAC industry for evaluating the best use of your money. Just multiply the unit’s age by the cost of repairs. If the total exceeds $5,000, you’ll want to replace it and most definitely if you find yourself repeatedly repairing the same system.

Unit’s age x cost of replacement = replacement cost.
Example: age of unit, 8 yrs. x cost of repairs @ $1,200 = $9,600 replacement cost.

On the other hand, if your system calls for the occasional repair and performs well overall—or if it’s less than five years old—it’s likely a replacement won’t be necessary for some time.

Either way, your HVAC professional can provide you with a return on investment and lifetime cost analysis to help inform your decision.

2. KNOW your system’s age.

Age absolutely matters when it comes to HVAC. According to