People often do not think about their home’s HVAC system until it malfunctions. As one of the best investments you can make in your home, an HVAC system will keep you warm in winter and cool during summer. Although you likely want the HVAC system to work for a long time, you should know when to upgrade it.
If your HVAC system does not run normally and you have spent a lot on repairs, get a new unit. An HVAC system does not break down overnight. Discover several signs to look out for to know when to replace the entire unit.
1. Endless Repairs
While you can repair most parts of an HVAC system, it will deteriorate eventually, which means you will need a replacement. When components such as the motor, coils, or compressor fail, replacing the entire unit is often a more viable option than repairing them due to the parts and labor costs. Professionally maintain the new HVAC system you buy to extend its shelf life.
2. More Running Time
Does your HVAC system take longer than expected to attain the required temperature? Before spending your money on a new unit, first, check the coils and the blower motor. If the two parts are fine, this often indicates that your HVAC system has lost its efficiency.
If repairs do not restore the normal running time of the unit, you may want to get a new HVAC system.
3. No Regular Maintenance
Unfortunately, many people do not regularly maintain their HVAC system. Ideally, a professional should inspect your unit at least annually to ensure it runs efficiently. Regular maintenance allows you to detect any problems early enough before they become major issues. This practice keeps your HVAC system in top condition and, therefore, extends its service life.
When you do not deliberately perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system, the chances are higher that any issue that occurs is at a breaking point. Also, consider replacing the entire unit if visible damage such as exposed wires is present to avoid risk exposure to your family.
4. Decade-Old HVAC System
With proper maintenance, your HVAC system can serve you for more than 10 years. However, without maintenance, a decade-old unit is often unsafe and needs replacing as soon as possible.
After the HVAC system is 10 years old, expect the repair costs to start piling. Why spend more repairing an outdated unit when you can order a modern unit with digital features that will redefine air conditioning and heating in your home?
5. Loud Noises
HVAC systems get louder as they age. However, if you hear increased noise from the outdoor unit, a banging furnace, or sounds before the system starts running, that HVAC system is a candidate for replacement. Sometimes, the noises are due to loose parts or a part that requires replacement.
Problems associated with other moving parts such as the motor and fans may also cause odd sounds. If repairing the parts does not eliminate the noise, you are likely better off with a new HVAC system.
6. High Energy Bills
If the energy bills rise higher than expected, you may need to check out the HVAC system. An HVAC system that has seen better days is often a cause for increased heating and cooling bills. While an expert can temporarily rectify the situation, you might be better to replace the unit and evade the high repair costs.
Contact CABS Heating & Air Conditioning for more information on HVAC systems, installation, and maintenance. We look forward to helping you have the best HVAC system for your home.