When to replace your old HVAC system and when to repair

The older your HVAC system is the sooner you should consider replacing the equipment. With an older system you may experience increase energy bills, frequent break downs, difficulty finding discontinued parts. Contact us now to discuss options for repairing or replacing your system. 
Increased energy bills: Systems can lose efficiency over time and older units may use more electricity than they did when they were new. You may notice an increase in your energy bills as your AC unit becomes less efficient. Expensive bills may be a good reason to purchase a new unit.

Freon: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency phased out the use of R22, or Refrigerant 22, in air conditioners in 2020. If your AC unit runs on R22, you may not be able to access freon when your unit needs a repair.

Repair costs: As your system ages, the unit may need repairs more often. If you are experiencing frequent repairs, and cost are to repair are going up, you may want to consider a new unit. Trane suggest using the $5000.00 rule.

Repair or Replace

The $5,000 rule

The $5,000 rule is a rule for determining whether to repair or replace an HVAC system. Multiply the age of your equipment by its estimated repair cost. If the outcome is under $5,000, you should probably repair. If over $5,000, you should replace. The $5000 rule is a general guideline only. Consult a licensed HVAC professional to help ensure that you are making the best decisions about your equipment.

Disclaimer: This info is provided by Trane.

Other factors to consider Repair vs Replace


 If your warranty is active, your repairs may be covered. This will reduce repair cost.

System Age

If your systems age is less than its life expectancy repair maybe a good option. However if the system is outside its life expectancy replacement maybe the way to go.  


Frequent repairs likely mean your system is on its way out and has other hidden issues that will appear after this repair.

System Performance

Is yours system maintaining temperature. As your system ages it may struggle to keep your home comfortably. 

Return on Investment

Your system is a investment into your home. The longer you stay in your home, the more you benefit from a newer and more efficient system.


R22 refrigerant is being phased out as it is harmful to the ozone layer. If your system uses R22, fixing it could be costly.

Consult with Joyner's

Contact us now to discuss options for repairing or replacing your system. Our experts will guide you through budget-friendly solutions to ensure your comfort is not compromised. 

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