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Should You Repair or Replace?

Answer a couple questions to quickly get feedback on whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit. Follow the $5,000 rule of thumb or dive deeper with a guide to discover the best solution for you.

Calculator for the $5,000 rule

The $5,000 rule is an industry-accepted rule for determining whether to repair or replace an HVAC system. Multiply the age of your equipment by its estimated repair cost. If the outcome is under $5,000, you should probably repair it. If over $5,000, you should replace it.

    Repair Estimate 

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

      Your safety matters!

      Some damage to your system, like carbon monoxide and gas leaks, can be lethal. In those situations, a replacement is necessary. Help prevent emergencies before they happen with seasonal maintenance checkups by a professional HVAC technician.

      Where do you go from here?

      STEP 1

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      Research your needs

      Consider your home comfort level, climate, ductwork, energy use, and desired monthly heating and cooling costs.

      STEP 2

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      Get a dealer quote

      Schedule a visit with your dealer for a custom recommendation. Visit our Dealer Locator page for a list of questions to discuss with your dealer.

      STEP 3

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      Fix or upgrade your unit

      Gather all your information to make a replace or repair decision. Follow up with your dealer and enjoy your new or improved HVAC.

      Further repair or replace guidance

      Read through the Repair list and the Replace list. Make note of which statements apply to your HVAC system or unit (air conditioner, heat pump, furnace, or air handler.) If more statements in the Repair column apply to you, HVAC repairs make sense. If more statements in the Replace column apply, then you should start planning for HVAC replacement.

      Repair if...

      Your warranty is active. Your repairs may be covered.

      Replace if...

      Your warranty expired. Your product is no longer covered, meaning you are responsible for all HVAC repair costs.


      Your unit uses R-22 (Freon®). This refrigerant is being phased out as R-22/Freon® is harmful to the ozone layer.

      Getting Started Guide

      Learn helpful HVAC tips and tricks before you purchase your system.

      Contact a Trane dealer near you

      The $5,000 rule is just the start. Schedule a visit with an expert for a custom recommendation.

      Find a dealer in your area
      This badge spotlights dealers who are experts in servicing and maintaining Trane’s HVAC systems.
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      A NATE certification is the top accreditation for HVAC technicians. It is awarded by an independent organization.
      If you choose to share your system data, this dealer is equipped to remotely troubleshoot potential issues before they become emergencies.
      Dealer offers flexible financing options to help manage expenses of owning a system.
      Charter members are the original Trane Comfort Specialists. They’ve been committed to TCS values since the program started in 1998.


      Discover the ways you can troubleshoot your HVAC system.

      Owner’s Manual

      Learn more about your product, like its technical specs and innovative technology.


      A healthy HVAC system can last longer and save money. Maintain your system with these tips.


      Contact a local dealer

      Dealers can answer questions, help you find the right products for your home, and repair your system.

      We’re here to help

      Connect with our Customer Care team about your products, warranties, and dealer concerns.

      Available Monday – Friday from 7am to 5pm CST


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