New HVAC units can be a costly expensive for your household, especially when you aren’t expecting it. So when do you know it’s time to upgrade your current system for a better one?
Even when your HVAC unit isn’t performing at its peak, it may be hard to justify purchasing a brand new system if it is “good enough” or you could just repair it. Unfortunately, some repairs are just band-aids over the problem rather than finding a solution. These repairs can sometimes cost half the price or more of a total replacement – which is a great alternative, but usually indicate that a new HVAC unit will need to be replace in the next few years.
It is usually best to replace your unit when it is time, rather than just put off the inevitable. Most of the time it ends up being a more financially responsible decision in the long run.
One easy way to spot that your HVAC unit needs replacement is if your utility bills are higher than normal. Even an extra $20-$30 a month can be an indicator of a much more serious problem. If your HVAC unit isn’t performing at its highest efficiency, you could be paying for that out of your pocket month after month.
If you are hearing loud screeching, banging, or popping noises coming from your HVAC unit multiple times a day, this could be a sign that it is time to replace your unit. Many HVAC units do make a little bit of noise when they turn on or turn off, but if noises come at all different times, something critical might be malfunctioning in the unit. If you or anyone in your family is hearing these noises, it is important to call a professional right away.
One more visible sign your HVAC unit needs to be replaced is if your homme seems to be dusty or have a film on its surfaces after your air conditioning or heat is turned on. This is a sign that you HVAC unit is in major disrepair and could be spreading dust particles or other materials around your home when heating or cooling. It is dangerous to breath in too much dust or other particles and you should consider eliminating use of your unit right away. It could be a sign of a much bigger problem in your HVAC system.
When it comes to your HVAC unit and system, age does matter. The average lifespan of an average HVAC unit is about 10 years, give or take a year months or years. If your unit is close to that age, it is time to put a plan (and a budget) together for when your unit does need to be replaced. Many people find that after replacing their old HVAC unit to a new and more efficient version that is out there on the market, they save much more money on their heating and cooling bills immediately after installation.
Most importantly, if you can’t keep your home at a comfortable temperature during the summer or winter, it is time to seriously consider upgrading or replacing your HVAC unit. Don’t sacrifice your comfort year round because your HVAC unit can’t keep up. Your family and loved ones deserve a home that can keep them safe, comfortable, and happy. Don’t let an old HVAC system take that from you!
HVAC units can be costly to fix or replace, but have a new and more efficient system can save you money in the long run as well as preserve your comfort and peace of mind. If you think your home’s HVAC system could use an upgrade, contact a member of our team of professionals. We can help you decide which system is best for your life and home.