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Should You Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?

If you’re having trouble figuring out whether you should repair your current HVAC equipment or invest in a replacement, you’re not alone. Home and business owners across Colorado struggle with this decision every day. At Apple Aire Heating & Cooling, we’re here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision

Evaluation Formula

HVAC industry experts use a surprisingly simple formula to help them determine whether a system replacement is warranted: multiply the age of the system by the cost of the repair that’s needed. If the total is over $5,000, it will likely be more cost-effective for you to go ahead and replace the unit. Of course, it’s important to understand that this is not a hard and fast rule. There are a number of other factors to consider as well.

First and foremost, you need to consider the safety of everyone in the building. If your HVAC equipment poses any potential safety hazards, like releasing carbon monoxide into your home or causing a fire, it’s time to take the plunge. Some other issues to think about include how often your system needs to be repaired, whether your utility costs are rising due to inefficient HVAC performance, and how comfortable your home feels in general.

Average Costs for Repair and Replacement

Different kinds of HVAC systems will have different life expectancies. Air conditioners and heat pumps will usually last for about 10-15 years, while furnaces typically last for 15-20 years. Likewise, the cost of repairing or replacing HVAC systems can differ from one kind of system to another. Here are some average repair and replacement costs to keep in mind when making your decision.

Air Conditioners

  • Average Repair Cost: $130
  • Average Replacement Cost: $5,900

Heat Pumps

  • Average Repair Cost: $550
  • Average Replacement Cost: $4,700


  • Average Repair Cost: $300
  • Average Replacement Cost: $5,500

Honest and Helpful HVAC Experts

At Apple Aire Heating & Cooling, we take tremendous pride in providing each client with useful and valuable information in addition to premium HVAC equipment. If you’re still unsure whether it would be best to repair or replace your heating and cooling equipment, don’t worry. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to give you all the support you need.

Give us a call to have one of our service technicians come out and perform a thorough inspection of your HVAC system. Once we’re done with the inspection, we’ll tell you what we found, explain all of your options moving forward, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an honest recommendation

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  • We offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee for all installations.
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