No one wants to be stuck with an HVAC system that is not working properly. However, as time passes, these units are exposed to quite a bit of wear and tear. While repairs will be possible in some cases, in other situations, it will be necessary to replace the entire unit. However, replacing the system represents a rather significant investment, so it is important to be sure that this is what needs to be done. Some signs that it is time to invest in HVAC replacement can be found here.
The Age of the System
The top reason that an HVAC system needs to be replaced is because it’s old. If you have an HVAC unit that is between 10 and 12 years old, there is a good chance that it’s time to replace it. Not just because it’s old, but really because as the unit ages, it begins to develop more and more issues and becomes less efficient. The older units will wind up running all the time, costing you more, but still be unable to keep your home comfortable.
The System Requires Constant Repairs
Another sign it may be time to replace your HVAC system is if you have gotten on a first name basis with the repair technician because they are always at your house. Frequent repairs can be quite frustrating, not to mention costly. While you may believe you are saving money by making all these repairs, over time it is going to wind up costing you more. HVAC systems have many pieces and parts and replacing one part at a time typically will not resolve the real issue. Your rebuilt system may cost you more in the end. With all of the rebates available these days a new system will generally pay for itself in less than a year.
Your Utility Costs are Going Up
If you begin to notice that month after month your energy bill is increasing, then it may be a sign that your HVAC system has become inefficient. At this point, it is a good idea to replace the existing system with one that is more efficient. This will typically result in quite a bit of savings and may even earn you some tax credits on top of any rebates you’ve received.
Safety is a Concern
Your top priority is your family’s safety. However, many homeowners don’t realize that the HVAC unit can be a huge threat to their safety. If you have gone several years without an inspection, then you may be putting your family at risk. If you don’t seek regular inspections, you may discover there is a dangerous carbon monoxide leak or some type of electrical wiring issue. Once your system reaches that 10-12 year age, you should be sure to have it checked before you turn it on for the season. Problems can be deadly if not repaired. If you are still worried about your family’s safety, it may be best to replace the old unit, with a newer one that has modern safety features in place.
Keeping your HVAC unit in good, working order takes time and effort. If you have noticed a decline in performance, then it may be time to consider replacement. Be sure to call the professionals at Bob Hamilton to learn more. We offer interest free financing and flexible payment options.