Deciding to install a new HVAC system can be a nerve-wracking process, but at some point it outweighs the alternatives. Your system will inevitably age and wear out, and you may start to wonder if all the expensive repairs and constant outages are worth it. How do you know when the time is right to throw in the towel and get a brand new HVAC system? Look for these signs that might help you decide when the time is right.
1. Age of Your Heating and AC System
If your HVAC system was installed more than 10 years ago, it might be time to consider a new one. The average HVAC system will usually work until it is about 20 years old, but it will start costing you more to operate and maintain as it ages. Newer units are also more efficient and can save you up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
2. Your HVAC Operating Costs
If your heating and cooling expenses are increasing, this could be another indicator that a new HVAC is a better option. Higher bills may just be due to rising rates from your utility company, but it could also be due to an HVAC system that is suffering declining efficiency. Learn to check your utility bills thoroughly and compare them with past bills. This way you can see how your system is performing.
3. Repairs and Upkeep
Are you at the point where your system is requiring more frequent repairs? If you’re sending your HVAC technician a Christmas card every year because you see him so frequently, it may be time to consider a new system. Your technician will still be your friend.
4. Unusual Noises
Is your unit noisy? It’s normal for machines to make some noises, but if you frequently think there may be a dying giraffe outside of your window only to discover it’s the HVAC system – again – that’s a red flag. Undersized units or ductwork, or improperly operating indoor coils or cooling equipment can all cause these sounds. Time to call in the professionals.
5. Is Your HVAC Keeping Up With Your Needs?
If your unit just can’t keep up with your needs any longer, then there’s really nothing else to do but replace the whole thing. As the equipment ages, it will have a harder time heating and cooling your home, which means that you and your family will be uncomfortable while also paying higher bills.
If you live in or around Salt Lake City, Utah, and are in the market for a new HVAC system, contact Sandy Heating and Air Conditioning, Utah’s premier heating and air conditioning contractor. They can evaluate your current system and recommend the best course of action to save you money and keep your home comfortable. They can answer all your questions and handle every phase of your new HVAC system design and installation.