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. If over $5,000, you should replace.
Disclaimer: This information is provided as 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?
Research your needs
Consider your home comfort level, climate, ductwork, energy use, and desired monthly heating and cooling costs.
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.
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
Fill out these 2 checklists. Put a check next to items that apply to you and your system. At the bottom, view your total number of checkmarks for each checklist. More checkmarks under either Repair or Replace means that may be the better option for you.
Your warranty is active. Your repairs may be covered.
Your warranty expired. Your product is no longer covered.
Your unit uses R-22 Freon. This refrigerant is being phased out as R-22 Freon is harmful to the ozone layer.
Contact a Trane dealer near you
The $5,000 rule is just the start. Schedule a visit with an expert for a custom recommendation.
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Dealers can answer questions, help you find the right products for your home, and repair your system.
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