While many resources list life expectancies of your heating and cooling systems, it is fairly difficult to estimate due to many factors such as climate, usage, maintenance, rating and more. We have created a list of things to consider when evaluating whether or not you should replace or repair your unit.
Age and Efficiency
Something to consider is how old your current unit is and how efficient is your current unit. If you plan to be in your home for the long haul, it might be more beneficial to replace your current unit with a more energy efficient one because the more energy efficient unit will save you more money down the road.
Affecting your home
If you are noticing that your home has humidity problems, more dust build-up than usual, inconsistent airflow between rooms or your heating or cooling system seems noisy, there might be a problem with your duct system or equipment and you should bring someone out to evaluate the problem.
Regardless of if you are replacing or repairing, make sure that you receive all of the costs and potential costs that you can incur with both options, not just the initial expenses. Consider that by replacing it now, what are the chances that you will have to repair it again and how much will that cost. Weigh the cost differences and see which is the most effective.
Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace is up to you, the homeowner, as it is mainly an economic decision. The question is, do you want to invest in the equipment or replace it completely?