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Proactive Vs Reactive: When To Replace Your HVAC System

Summer is just around the corner, and you’re concerned that your old HVAC system might not be up to the challenge of cooling your home during those hot summer months. This has got you thinking, “Is it better to replace an old unit before it breaks down, or wait until you’ve got an emergency and replace it then?” It’s the debate of Reactive vs. Proactive HVAC replacement!


What is a reactive replacement? Essentially, it just means waiting until your HVAC system fails to replace it. You know the old phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this is the mentality that many have, and reasonably so. Why spend money on something that’s still working? Here are some of the difficulties you might encounter when working on a reactive timeline: 


HVAC breakdowns are very common in the summer, meaning HVAC contractors will be swamped with repairs and replacements, potentially right when you need someone in an emergency. Consider how long you’re willing to live in your home without cool air while it’s broken.

Part Availability 

Let’s say you want to do everything you can to repair this old system instead of having to fork over a few grand you hadn’t budgeted to replace it. If your system is old, the parts might not even be readily available, if they’re even being manufactured at all. This could cause more waiting and frustration at a time when you just want the darn thing fixed!

Will You Get A Good Deal?

When your system breaks down, you don’t have the luxury of shopping around for a good deal or fully exploring all of the options and particulars about what you want in a new system. You’ll be looking for the first available contractor who can install something to cool you off now, and because you can’t take your time and determine what you really need and want, you might end up with a sub-par system.


Proactive is a thought-out, planned replacement that allows you to research and select the options you desire in a system, to choose a contractor you trust to install it, and to ensure that you have the funds to purchase the system without the stress of an emergency installation.

Research Options

When it comes to choosing an HVAC system, there’s a whole lot more to it than just “find me the cheapest one.” You truly get what you pay for, and an HVAC system is an investment you should consider not going dirt-cheap on. You can choose to upgrade to a high-efficiency system or one that utilizes improved filtration. You can select which brand you trust and spend the time discussing the size selection that will meet the needs of your home with a trusted HVAC technician. You’ll have the time to choose wisely.

When your HVAC system breaks down, it’s a stressful, inconvenient, and expensive issue. Choosing a more proactive approach helps you avoid that unnecessary stress and can save you money in the long run. If you’ve got an old clunker, chances are it’s costing you quite a bit to run, whereas newer models are built to be more efficient. Proactive replacement will help you save money, time, and stress…and that might just be worth it!

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