HVAC Repair or Replacement

HVAC Repair or Replacement

Do I replace or repair my air conditioner? It’s a common question that home owners and facility managers must decide upon fairly frequently. Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy choice. To make it a bit easier, here are some things you may want to consider when making your decision.

System Age

Most heating and cooling systems last 15-20 years, depending on how well it’s maintained. As with most things, as your system ages it is likely to experience issues. If your unit is in need of service, consult with our skilled technicians. They will assess the unit and explain the pros and cons of repair or replacement.

Energy Cost

As your unit ages, operating costs increase. Years of wear and tear of equipment and parts cause them to be less efficient over time. If you are experiencing higher than normal monthly electric bills, your AC unit is likely losing efficiency. New, energy-efficient units cost more initially, but will save you money in the long run.

Repair Cost

Are repairs costing more than replacement? If you are finding that repairs are more frequent or the cost of a repair is more than 50% of the cost of a new system consider replacing the unit. New units are more energy efficient and will save you money down the line.


When renovating your space, your AC unit may not be able to handle the changes or square footage increase. You may also need additional returns, ductwork adjustments or other updates. Consult with our team at Big Fish to review these changes to your building.


Bigger isn’t always better. If your system is too large for your home or office, it will run in short cycles and will not have time to dehumidify the air. It will also cost more to operate. A properly sized unit runs longer each time, allowing it to cool and dehumidify your space, giving you the proper comfort level.

Reach out to our team at Big Fish for guidance. Speaking with someone with the necessary experience will help you decide whether to repair or replace your system. For more information, call us at 512-653-1414.

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