While proper maintenance and regular check-ups can help to extend your HVAC unit’s lifespan, just like with every other appliance in and around your home, eventually it will need to be replaced. This can be an investment, for sure, so we get that you don’t want to jump the gun and replace it prematurely. There are some telltale signs when it comes time to replace your HVAC, however. Keep an eye out for these, and call in an expert if you want a second opinion before making the decision to replace.
IT’S BEEN AROUND A WHILE
If your HVAC unit has been hanging out for a decade or longer, it may be time to replace it. While it still may essentially function, the parts may begin to show some signs of aging or wear and tear from years of use, and it may become less energy efficient. It is recommended that after 10 to 15 years, you should replace your HVAC unit. Many technological advances have been made in the amount of time, and it is important to remain relatively up-to-date with the latest (and greatest) systems that have been developed.
MORE COST-EFFICIENT TO REPLACE
If your HVAC unit needs repairs made in order to keep functioning properly, and the cost of these repairs add up to over half the cost of a new unit, it may be time to replace it. While a new unit will still cost more than simply repairing the old one, you will likely face less issues with it in the near future, and it will not continuously eat up your hard-earned cash like an older unit has the potential to do. In many circumstances, financing may be available to a new HVAC unit as well.
ENERGY BILLS KEEP GOING UP
We know how hard your HVAC unit works to keep your house cool in the blazing heat of Las Vegas summers. This excess energy can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. If your system is outdated, however, you may experience even more of a shock to your budget, as less energy-efficient models use more power than updated ones. If you notice your bills increasing at a steady rate, and you have not made any significant changes to the usage of your HVAC unit, it may be time to replace it.
UNPREDICTABLE OR UNCOOPERATIVE INDOOR TEMPERATURES
If you have noticed it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep your home at a steady, comfortable temperature, it may be time to replace your HVAC unit. Outdated units struggle to reach and maintain a desirable temperature, even when they are running constantly. There are many issues that can result in scattered temps, however, the most common problem is your HVAC unit simply being past its prime.
YOU’VE STARTED A DUST COLLECTION
If you have noticed more dust piling up around your home, and you have been struggling to keep up with the cleaning, when you have been performing the same chores in the same frequency that you always have, it may be time for a new HVAC unit. HVAC systems are responsible for maintaining quality air within your home, and an excess of dust building up in your house is an indication that your HVAC unit is no longer performing this duty.
LOUD OR UNUSUAL NOISES
While it is not uncommon to hear the movement of air when your HVAC unit is running, there should never be more noticeable noises than this. If you are hearing unusual or loud noises coming from your HVAC unit, it may be time to replace it. To be sure, you can contact a professional to ensure that the noise is not a result of loose parts, and to verify that replacement is your best option.
If you are still unsure if replacement is the route you need to take, contact our team of HVAC experts at Active Plumbing & Air Conditioning. We can take a look at your unit and diagnose any underlying problems, as well as provide guidance for your new unit selection. Let us know how we can help today!