Nothing lasts forever and your HVAC unit is no exception. But knowing when it’s time to upgrade isn’t always as simple as it seems. Follow these guidelines for determining if it is time to upgrade your HVAC system.
Your HVAC Unit Is Old
The lifespan of your HVAC system varies depending on the model, how much it has been used and whether or not it has received regular maintenance throughout its lifetime. As a rule, HVAC systems need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. If your system is more than ten years old or needs frequent repairs, it might be time to consider an upgrade to a new system.
Your Utility Bills Are Rising
Some increase in energy costs over time can be expected as the cost of electricity and fuel rises, but if your utility bill is rising due to increased energy use, you may be better off replacing your HVAC unit. Not only will you have a new unit that performs at peak efficiency, but newer units are also often designed to be more energy efficient than older models. That can mean extra cash in your pocket throughout the year.
Your Home Is Not as Comfortable as It Used to Be
If you have noticed a gradual change in the comfort level in your home, it may indicate that your HVAC system isn’t as efficient as it used to be. But this isn’t always the case. Check for other sources for your discomfort, such as air leaks, lack of insulation or other issues in the home before assuming your HVAC system is at fault. If you are unsure why your home suddenly seems too warm or too cool, have a professional HVAC technician check it out to be sure.
Your HVAC System Makes Too Much Noise
As your HVAC system ages, it may begin to make strange noises or bumps in the night. While noises aren’t always a sign your system needs to be replaced, they can give you a heads up that you are headed for needed repairs. A professional can tell you whether a simple repair is in order or if your HVAC system is telling you it is time for a new system.
You Have Humidity Problems
Your HVAC unit is designed to provide conditioned air throughout your home. If you notice that the air is too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer, it could be a sign of leaky ductwork or improperly functioning equipment and signal the need for a new HVAC system.
Upgrading your old or faulty HVAC system can save energy and money in the long run and will make your family more comfortable, too. If you think your HVAC system has seen better days and that an upgrade is in order, contact us today at Guaranteed Services. We can evaluate your current system and help you decide whether upgrading to a new system or repairing the old one is the best decision for you.