Even the best-made machines eventually need to be upgraded. Most heating and cooling systems last a minimum of a decade. If well maintained, some can last up to 20+ years. There are a few signs to be aware of that may indicate that it is time to repair or replace your HVAC system components.
- Long Running Time – If you notice that your furnace and / or air conditioner is running much longer than normal, it indicates that the system is having trouble running efficiently. The source of this problem could be the blower, the coils, or just an aged system. As an HVAC system ages, it will have a harder time spreading hot or cool air throughout your home in order to maintain the set temperature. This may be a fixable problem, but if your system is on the older side, it may be time to upgrade your unit(s).
- Age – Just as with most things, as your HVAC system ages, repairs may become more numerous and more expensive. If you notice you are having to call for repairs fairly often, it may be time to think about replacing parts. At a certain point, it is more financially sound to invest in a new system than to constantly be paying for costly repairs.
- Noises – Sometimes a noisy system can be easily fixed by tightening some bolts or replacing some parts. However, as your HVAC system ages, it has to work harder and harder to function and this can get pretty loud. If you have had to place multiple service calls to take care of a noisy furnace or air conditioner, it may be time to replace instead of repair.
- Inefficiency – Higher than normal energy bills could be a sign that it may be time to replace your HVAC system. As a system has to work harder to complete its job, you will notice an increase in your energy bills. Occasionally, this may be a repairable problem, but more often it is a sign that it is time for an upgrade.
We’re sure you’ve noticed a theme in this article. The factor that plays the largest role in deciding when to replace your HVAC system components is age. On younger systems, most issues can be easily repaired. However, as the furnace and air conditioner age, it can be very costly to keep them running efficiently. One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to have an annual inspection done by one of our qualified technicians. Identifying potential issues before they become problems and keeping all parts of your HVAC system in good running condition is important in maintaining efficiency. If you notice any of these issues with your system, give us a call and we will answer any of your questions and schedule a service call to take care of the problem!