Is your HVAC system making weird noises, in need of constant repairs, or is just plain getting old? Having a properly functioning HVAC system is critical to the comfort and safety of your home. If you are wondering when you need a new HVAC system, these signs are clear indicators.
Increased Running Time
One of the first indicators that you need a new HVAC system is when your current system starts working overtime to achieve the same results. If your HVAC system starts up more often or is running for more extended periods of time, it means that it isn’t working as well as it once did. Another way to determine this is to check your energy bills. A substantial increase in your energy costs is an easy to see sign that you need a new HVAC system.
Instead of running more often, your failing HVAC system may just leave you with inconsistent temperatures. If you have your house set to be at 70 degrees 24/7, but it is either always too hot or too cold, it means that your system is having trouble achieving the appropriate temperature.
Loud Noises, Increased Dust, Weird Smells
When your HVAC system turns on, does it seem louder than it once was? Do you hear groaning or banging sounds? How about dust? Do you see more dust in your home than you used to? Lastly, when the HVAC system turns on, do you smell something other than just the quick scent of burning dust? Loud noises, increased dust, and weird smells are indicators that your HVAC has a severe problem and needs to be repaired or replaced. Plus, if you have poor air quality, mold, mildew, or fluctuating humidity levels, these are other signs that your HVAC system is no longer running properly.
There comes a time when repairs to your HVAC system just don’t cut it anymore. If you have been making consistent repairs or if your repairs cost more than half of that of getting a new unit, it is time to let the old go and get a new HVAC system.
It should go without saying that dangerous components are a clear sign that you need a new HVAC system. If you notice frayed wires, an unstable pilot system, or visible damage, turn off your HVAC immediately and call for a professional to have it replaced.
It is Old
HVAC systems generally have a maximum lifespan of about ten years when cared for properly. If you are approaching the ten-year mark, it may be time to have yours replaced. Plus, HVAC systems over ten years old may have a refrigerant known as R-22. R-22 is toxic and harmful to the environment. Replacing the unit will not only help the environment, but it will also decrease your electricity consumption due to its increased efficiency.
Is your HVAC system showing one of the signs above? If so, contact us today to make an appointment or speak with a friendly representative.