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There are few things worse than having your HVAC unit repaired only to need another one soon after. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it may be more cost-efficient to replace rather than repairing it. Keep reading to learn whether to repair or replace the HVAC system in your Norfolk, Virginia, home.

How Long Should an HVAC System Last?

After 10 years, most heating and cooling units lose their ability to achieve maximum efficiency. They also tend to require major repairs after 10 to 15 years. Just because your system is nearing its 15th birthday, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace it. A professional HVAC contractor can inspect the system to see whether a repair or replacement makes more financial sense.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Between Repair or Replacement

There are a variety of factors to take into consideration to determine whether to replace or repair your HVAC unit. One of our NATE-certified technicians can review your monthly energy statements for the past two years to see if your HVAC system’s efficiency has decreased. If it has, we can pinpoint the problem.

Another way to determine if it’s time to replace the system is by taking a look at your home’s humidity levels. If your home seems too dry in the winter and too humid during the summer, there may be a problem with the ductwork. Sealing and repairing the ductwork can prevent having to replace the entire HVAC system.

Requiring frequent repairs indicates that it’s time to replace the system. You may be tempted to pay for short-term repairs at a lower cost, but you can generally save money in the long run by replacing the unit. Whether you repair or replace, preventive maintenance is key to extending the life of your HVAC system.

Are you on the fence about replacing your HVAC system? Don’t waste energy and money. Contact BAJA Heating & Cooling at (757) 453-3273 today for a complete assessment.