Your HVAC system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your home over time, which is why you’ll want to get the most out of your system. But if your HVAC system isn’t working like it used to or service repairs are becoming more frequent – then it may be time to consider replacing over repairing. Holding on to your HVAC system too long can result in increased energy bills and poor indoor air quality. So how do you know it’s time to replace? We’ve got you covered with 7 preventive signs to look for.
The Department of Energy recommends replacing your HVAC system every 10 – 15 years. The older your system becomes, the more prone it will be to breaking down. Many of the main components of your system will begin to deteriorate after 10 years – depending on how often your system is used and maintained. If your system is over 10 years old, then replacement may be on the horizon.
If you’re on the fence about whether it’s time to replace, your repair costs can be an indicator. While every system will need repair from time to time, we recommend keeping an eye on how often your book service appointment for repairs. If your repair costs are creeping toward 50% of your replacement costs, then it’s time to consider replacing which will be a better investment.
As your HVAC system ages, the efficiency of your system will decline – especially if your system isn’t serviced at least one time per year. Most experts believe we can expect our HVAC system efficiency to decrease by 5 – 10% as it ages. A great way to tell is to compare this year’s bill to last year’s bill for the same month. While seasonal costs can fluctuate, the same month from different years should be similar especially if your system is running efficiently. If you notice your bills are increasing, replacing them with a high-efficiency system can cut your energy bills by 20%.
Aging HVAC systems will struggle to keep the indoor temperature consistent. This indicates a variety of issues with your system including a damaged thermostat, clogged filters, cracked ducts, and damaged motors. In the end, this can mean that your system is not currently powerful enough to supply air throughout your home. If you notice this problem, be sure to have your system inspected by a trained HVAC professional.
Your HVAC system is responsible for providing proper ventilation. When it’s working properly, it should increase your air quality by removing dust and keeping humidity under control. If you’ve noticed an increase in dust, it may indicate that your system is not working efficiently, and you should have it inspected to see if it’s time to replace it.
Odd smells and noises are usually a sign that something is wrong with your system. Unusual smells could be dust burning off inside your ducts. As far as sounds go – your system should operate quietly if well maintained. As your system’s components become older, they can make noises like grinding and squealing. If you notice unusual smells and noises, have your system inspected immediately.
Indoor air quality is important to your family’s health and wellbeing. When your HVAC system begins to age, your air quality may decrease. Some signs to look for include mold, mildew smell, usually high amount of dust, and higher humidity than normal. These are all signs that your system could be damaged and possibly need replacing.
These seven signs are indicators that your HVAC system needs to be inspected and possibly replaced. If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home, our team is ready to help. Simply call us for an appointment, and we’ll send one of our trained technicians to inspect your system to give your peace of mind when it comes to repairing or replacing your HVAC system.
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