How to decide when to repair or replace
There are two major factors to consider regarding replacement:
Discomfort in some rooms
Big temperature swings
Age of equipment
SO, WHEN IS IT TIME FOR A NEW HVAC SYSTEM?
If you think your HVAC isn’t working as well as it should be, it may be time for a replacement. We will tell you what signs to look for before replacing your old system — and why it is a good idea to do so. Keep reading for more.
5 TELL-TALE SIGNS ITS TIME FOR A NEW SYSTEM!
If you notice any of these 5 signs, it is time to replace your old HVAC system for anew model.
1. INCREASED RUNNING TIME
When your system gets old and requires a replacement, you will notice that it starts up more often. It might also stay on longer to reach the desired temperature.
It can be caused by bad coils as well as a failing blower motor. 5o, check these parts before ordering a new installation.
If your coils and blower motor are fine, then these are signs that your HVAC system can no longer produce and circulate the air in your home efficiently. As a result, it requires more time to reach the desired temperature.
If, even after repairs, your system runs for a significantly longer period more often than it used to, it is time to replace the unit.
2. LOUD NOISES
It is normal for older HVAC systems to get louder with age. But when you notice that the following noises, it might be a sign that you need a replacement:
- the blower is humming louder
- the outdoor unit is making more noise
- the furnace is groaning and banging
- noise before the air conditioner starts up
Some of these noises can be explained by a loose part or a part that needs to be replaced. Others may be related to problems with fans, motors, blowers, and other moving parts. But if the odd noises increase or remain after repair, it is likely that the time has come to replace your system.
3. LOTS OF REPAIRS
A lot of the individual parts in an HV AC system are repairable and replaceable. But all HVAC systems will eventually wear out and require complete replacement.
And when a compressor, motor, or coil fails, replacement is far more worth it than repairing. The cost of parts, as well as labor for repairing these essential components of your system, are high.
While the upfront cost of an entirely new system seems like a lot, the cost of constant repairs when one of these parts fails is NOT worth it in the long term. That money is better invested in an entirely new system.
4. YOU DON'T PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
Most people don’t realize the importance of performing regular maintenance and checks on their HVAC system. Checking your HVAC system at least once a year ensures your system is working safely and efficiently.
Maintenance helps you catch problems before they lead to bigger issues. It keeps your system in the best working order to increase its lifespan. If you don’t perform regularly scheduled maintenance, it is more likely that the problem has reached a point of no return.
5. YOUR HVAC SYSTEM IS 10+ YEARS OLD
If you maintain your HVAC system properly, it might last you a little longer than a decade. Without maintenance, a 10-year-old HV AC system is considered outdated, inefficient, and a good candidate for replacement.
Beyond the 10-year mark, you can expect an HV AC system to start costing you in repairs. They’ll also cost you more in energy bills as they lose efficiency.
Even the most state-of-the-art technology from 10+ years ago doesn’t come close to matching the energy efficiency of today’s systems.
DOES YOUR HOME’S COOLING SYSTEM HAVE A “SWEATING” PROBLEM?
It May Create Significant Problems for Your System & Home…If Not Treated Properly
Leaves Stagnant Waer in the Systesm’s Drain Pan
Condensation collects & can sit for years creating unhealthy conditions
Breeds Fungus, Mold, Mildew & Bacterium
Stagnant water creates an ideal environment for hazardous microorganisms to develop, a concern for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Unpleasant Odors May Permeate the Home
Growing organisms in the drain pan can emit a powerful, foul odor.
Create Property Damage
Overflowing drain pan created by clogged drains can allow foul water to damage personal property and your home.
Harm Your Cooling System
Constant presence of water can lead to rust of the drain pan and other segments of your system.
Lead to Replacement of Your Cooling System
Damage created by this water can be so significant that it forces you to invest thousands in a new system years prematurely.
How Does My Cooling System “Sweat?”
All cooling units extract water from the air by forcing warm air over the evaporator/cooling coil. The “sweat” is condensation and drips into a drain pan. When left untreated, that water can create problems for your system, home, & potentially your health!