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Deciding Between Repairing and Replacing Your HVAC System

Deciding Between Repairing and Replacing Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system keeps you and your employees comfortable all year long. As such, if it’s no longer working properly, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to rectify the issue. But how can you tell if you should repair or replace the system? The following guide outlines a few factors to consider to help you decide.

HVAC System Age

On average, a well-maintained HVAC system will last 15 to 20 years. Toward the end of this range, it may start to exhibit problems more frequently. At this point, contacting a contractor for repairs often isn’t worth the investment, as you’ll likely need to opt for a replacement in a few years anyway. However, if your unit exhibits issues toward the beginning of this range, it’s more cost-effective to invest in repairs.

Severity of Issues

Weigh how severe and complicated an issue is. Certain problems, such as a failed condenser, can place excessive strain on the unit and may be difficult and time-intensive to repair. In these cases, the cost of repairs might exceed the value of the machine. Minor issues, on the other hand, are often quick and inexpensive. In these cases, opting for servicing will save you time and money.

HVAC Efficiency

If it’s been over a decade since you replaced your HVAC system, your utility bills might be excessively high. Research your system’s seasonal energy efficiency rating, or SEER®. Ideally, the number you find should be at least 13. The higher the number, the more efficient the system.

If your HVAC is outdated and has a low SEER rating, replace it. Newer, more modern models are designed to be more energy-efficient, which could save you money over time. 


Whether you need repairs or a replacement, the professionals at Ron Hammes Refrigeration in La Crosse County, WI, have you covered. These knowledgeable technicians are proud to offer effective HVAC services designed to help business owners maintain comfortable, energy-efficient buildings. Call (608) 788-3110 to schedule an appointment, and visit them online to learn more about what they do.

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