When to Repair or Replace Your A/C System: A Guide for Northern VA Homeowners

Your A/C system is one of the most important components of your home. It’s the heart of your home comfort. So, when it breaks down, you want to be certain you’re making the right decision about whether to repair or replace it. It’s a question that every homeowner has asked at one point or another. And if you haven’t you will. But don’t worry, we’re here to help our Northern VA & MD neighbors! We’ll guide you through some of the key considerations and factors so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for your home and your wallet.

Age of Unit

Just like you, many homeowners hope that their heating and cooling system will last forever but that’s simply not the case. Most air conditioning units have a lifespan of 8-12 years, depending on how well it’s been maintained. If your A/C is over a decade old, it’s likely time for an upgrade since older models tend to run less efficiently and have lower SEER ratings than newer models. However, if your unit is less than 10 years old, a simple repair may be all that’s needed to keep it running smoothly.

Cost of Repair vs Replacement

Of course, the cost is always a consideration. Generally speaking, repairs are going to be less expensive than replacement. But that doesn’t mean you should automatically choose repair over replacement—you also need to factor in the expected lifespan of the unit and the anticipated costs of future repairs. If repairs are going to be frequent or costly, it may make more sense, in the long run, to replace the unit altogether.

Energy Efficiency

We mentioned energy efficiency once, but it bears repeating because it’s so important! Not only will a more energy-efficient unit save you money on your utility bills, but it will also help reduce your carbon footprint. Newer units are much better at regulating temperature and using less energy to do so, so it’s something worth considering when making your decision.

Making the decision about whether to repair or replace your HVAC system is never easy. But the experts at Falcon Heating & Air Conditioning are on your side to help you make the right decision. And whether it’s a repair, replacement, or just a maintenance checkup, give us a call today at (703) 596-9998.

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