December 9, 2022

How To Know That You Need To Replace Or Repair Your HVAC Systems

assessing whether to repair or replace hvac

The question of whether to repair or replace HVAC systems is a complicated one. We’ll look at some clues as to when you’ll need simple HVAC maintenance or repairs versus when you’re better off replacing it altogether.

How Do I Know If My HVAC Needs To Be Replaced?

It’s impossible to accurately assess whether to repair or replace HVAC systems if you’re not trained and licensed in HVAC maintenance. However, below are some pointers that can guide you along the way before you call us.

Should I Replace The Whole HVAC System?

There are a few clear indicators that you could benefit from fully upgrading your current HVAC system.

Is it new? Is it energy-efficient? Is the issue you’re facing the only one? Is it a minor or major inconvenience?

If your system is older, different components may have aged better than others, especially if you’ve had some parts serviced recently. The team at ICE Heating & Cooling will always advise you honestly on whether it makes sense financially to keep maintaining your current system or not.

Is It Better To Repair Or Replace An A/C System?

If you get quality air conditioning maintenance, your system should last around 10-15 years. Moreover, if your system has any of the following, it could point to either a repair or a replacement, depending on the severity of the problem:

  • Poor airflow.

  • Inefficient cooling, or even starting to get hot.

  • High bills despite the same performance or worse performance than before.

  • Leaks.

  • New sounds or smells coming from your A/C.

Our licensed HVAC team advises customers honestly as to whether it’s better to repair or replace HVAC depending on each particular case.

Should I Replace My 20 Year Old Air Conditioner?

Normally, you should invest in a replacement at this time because those repairs are likely to get more frequent and more expensive. A/C units from two decades ago were also far less energy-efficient than their modern counterparts, so that is another cost factor to consider.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised after a new air conditioning installation by how much more efficient your system is and how easily it cools your home.

When Should A Heating System Be Replaced?

Consider these as your main indicators.


In heater years, 15 years old is over the hill. 20 is ripe for removal and planning brand new heating installation. If you’ve looked after your heater over the years, it may last longer, but it may also be far more energy-efficient than modern alternatives and costing you significantly more on your monthly utility bills


Rattling? Weird burning smells? Doing a poor job heating compared to before?

Get our heating specialists in to do a thorough assessment. Older, out-of-date systems can be a fire risk, in which case it’s high time for a replacement.

Cost Effectiveness

Our pros will let you know whether it’s best to maintain your existing system or whether heater replacement is a better long-term investment. Typically, this equation factors in anticipated future repair costs and the energy each system will require to properly heat your home because that energy costs you on a regular basis.

How Do I Know If My Furnace Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced?

Again, the short answer is that unless you’re trained and licensed in furnace repair, it’s difficult to assess the remaining lifespan of your current furnace.

With good furnace maintenance, your unit could live up to about 20 years. Gas furnaces can live a little longer, but very old furnaces are best replaced if the repairs they need are extensive and likely to return.

If you have any of the following issues and they’re serious, it could be time for a new furnace.

  • Thermostat problems

  • Cycles are very short now

  • There’s no heat

  • Cracks

  • Rust

  • Home heats unevenly

In any case, the ICE team would be happy to come to your home right away and assess your furnace.

Should I Repair Or Replace My Fireplace?

Though fireplaces are not necessarily considered part of your HVAC system, they are an important concern for homeowners in terms of safety and efficiency.

Your fireplace should be a focal point of your home that you are proud of. The first and most obvious indicator of whether or not to replace it is simply if you like or dislike the way it looks or fits with the room where it is located.

In addition to simple aesthetic, here are some common issues that, if they’re serious enough, may indicate you need fireplace repair:

  • There’s smoke escaping into your home

  • Fire keeps going out

  • New noises

  • Cracks

  • Rust

You can get energy-efficient fireplaces these days, so fireplaces are a better long-term investment than ever before.

Call ICE Heating & Cooling To Repair Or Replace Your HVAC System

If you are a homeowner looking to repair or replace a damaged or inefficient HVAC system, you need the best team around to handle the project. That way, you can rest assured that our work will last for years, increase energy efficiency, and is totally safe.

If you want an expert opinion on HVAC maintenance or installation, just call ICE today at (702) 820-2184 or message us.

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