Should I Repair or Replace?

Choosing to repair or replace can depend a lot on your situation. Make the decision easier by using the $5,000 rule tool for a quick recommendation or dig deeper with our checklist guide.

Try out the $5,000 rule

Every industry has a few useful tricks. When it comes to HVAC, the $5,000 rule is a helpful way to figure out whether you should repair or replace. Multiply your system’s age by your repair estimate. Repair if the number you get is under $5,000, and replace if it’s over $5,000.

System Age 
    Repair Estimate 

      Disclaimer: This information is provided as general guideline only. Consult a licensed HVAC professional to help ensure that you are making the best decisions about your equipment.

      Warning.Safety first! Certain damage to your system can be deadly, like a carbon monoxide or gas leak. In these situations, the only choice is to replace your system. You can help stop emergencies from happening with routine checkups from an HVAC technician.

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      Step 3

      Fix or buy, then enjoy!

      Once you decide on your best option, talk with a dealer to fix or buy your HVAC. Now you can breathe easy and enjoy!

      Not sure whether to repair or replace? Our checklist can help!

      Read through these two lists and check off all the points that apply to you and your system. Under each list, the tool will automatically add up the total checkmarks. The list with the most checkmarks is likely the better option for you.

      Repair if...

      You have an active warranty. Your repairs may be covered.

      Replace if...

      You have an expired warranty. Your product is no longer covered for repairs.


      Your product uses R-22 Freon. This refrigerant is harmful to the ozone layer and is being phased out.

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