Even if you always keep up with routine maintenance, you’ll need to replace your HVAC system at some point. A new system is a significant investment, so you’ll want to consider buying one when it’s absolutely necessary. Fear not, as we’ve listed the main signs that you need an HVAC replacement.
The Age of the System
Has your HVAC system lasted more than 10 years? You’re better off investing in a new one. Major HVAC components usually start deteriorating after around 10 years. You’ll start experiencing issues such as strange sounds, poor air quality, and higher energy bills. The Department of Energy (DOE) recommends that you get an HVAC replacement every 10 to 15 years.
High Repair Costs
Even if your system isn’t old, a major component that’s too expensive to fix on its own may break down. If your system requires a costly repair — amounting to more than half the cost of a wholesale replacement — it’s wiser to invest in a new unit.
Increasing Energy Bills
Abnormally high energy bills are a common sign of an HVAC system needing service or replacement. The efficiency of HVAC systems usually declines as they age. In this era of rapidly emerging green technologies, upgrading to a modern HVAC system can reduce your energy bills by a large margin.
An Uncomfortable Indoor Environment
If it’s hard to keep your home comfortable, you could be having an HVAC system that’s no longer powerful enough to circulate air throughout your house, or ductwork that’s been installed improperly. If you choose to stick with your current system, you’ll have to put up with an uncomfortable home and increasing energy bills.
A word of caution: Air leaks may be responsible for your high energy bills and indoor comfort issues. It’s best to have an energy assessment conducted on your home before purchasing a new system. The evaluation may reveal that energy leaks are to blame for your HVAC inefficiencies. Consequently, it may be unnecessary to replace your system.
When replacing your system, be sure to purchase a modern Energy Star-qualified unit. It will improve your home comfort while reducing your monthly bills and carbon footprint. If you’re still unsure whether you need to replace your system, contact Detmer and Sons for assistance. We help make HVAC replacement as smooth as possible for homeowners in the Dayton area.