If you’re like most people, HVAC replacement isn’t high on your wish list for home improvement. However, your system may be hinting that it’s time to be replaced before you even know it. Let’s look at some HVAC replacement indicators and warnings that will give you a heads up before a real catastrophe hits.
How Often Do You Need To Replace Your HVAC System?
Time alone may be your first indicator. 10-15 years is the average lifespan of your system according to the Department of Energy. That varies depending on climate conditions and overall use. The good news is, most modern air conditioners and furnaces are not only built to be energy efficient, but also durable. That doesn’t mean parts won’t wear out eventually. However, a good maintenance schedule will help you get the most out of your current system.
How Else Do You Know If You Need A New HVAC System?
There are several signs to pay attention to that may help indicate the replacement of your system.
Loud groans or bangs from your system should be a definite indicator that something isn’t right. Even fans making loud, consistent noise should raise an eyebrow. Some noise may be explained by loose or worn out parts. It may not mean total replacement but you should at least call your local professional to service your HVAC system. However, if excess noise persists after service, total replacement may be a next step.
As your system ages and deteriorates, which is natural, it will begin to work harder and harder to maintain a comfortable climate i.e. lower efficiency. If you notice your a/c or heater kicking on more frequently, it is probably a sign that something isn’t operating as well as it should. Again, it could be an indication a part or two need to be replaced, but if you’ve had your system serviced, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace the system. Keep an eye on your energy bills as well. If you see a noticeable jump in cost, with no major changes in your noticed energy consumption, that could also mean your system is running more frequently than it should be.
Failure to Maintain
Maybe you inherited a poorly maintained system. Maybe HVAC maintenance just hasn’t crossed your mind. In either case, failure to maintain your system can lead to premature replacement of your system. Regular inspections and maintenance can help catch small issues before they turn into big problems, not to mention any potential safety hazards that may arise.
One final note, while there are a lot of parts of your HVAC system that can be repaired or replaced, be mindful of the total cost of repairs. At some point, it makes more sense to replace a system that’s costing you more in repairs than it would if you updated it. Contact the professionals at Dean Mechanical so they can help you determine your best options if you need to replace your current HVAC system!