Unfortunately, home heating and cooling equipment doesn’t last forever. To avoid a lack of heating or cooling when you need it most, replace your HVAC system before its final breakdown occurs. While it’s difficult to know for sure when your furnace or air conditioner is on its last leg, these signs tell you that the end of its service life is near.
Replace Your HVAC System If You Notice These Signs
You may need to replace your air conditioning or heating system if you notice one or more of the following clues:
Unexplainably High Energy Costs
HVAC equipment declines in efficiency as the years go on – if your system is 10 years old, it more than likely isn’t operating at the efficiency level it’s rated for. The unit is less efficient and will use more and more energy to do its job, and often doesn’t even do a very good job at keeping your home comfortable. High energy bills without a clear cause are often caused by an inefficient, older HVAC system. When you replace your HVAC unit, you greatly improve home heating and cooling efficiency with new equipment so your energy expenses are lowered. You’ll also improve your home’s comfort level and indoor air quality.
HVAC systems don’t have a precise expiration date, but there are averages that can help you judge how long your equipment will last. Furnaces typically last 15 to 20 years, while air conditioners and heat pumps usually deliver 10 to 15 years of service. Many outside factors weigh in, increasing or decreasing system service life, including whether the system was well maintained. Once your existing HVAC unit reaches its estimated service life, expect that the end is on the horizon, and investigate options to replace your HVAC system.
If your heating or cooling unit no longer keeps your home at a comfortable temperature, it’s typically time for a new HVAC system. While poor temperature control throughout your home may be corrected through repairs in some cases, in older equipment it’s probably a sign of end times.
Replacement Vs. Repair
No one wants to shell out thousands of dollars for a new furnace or air conditioner before getting their money’s worth out of the old one. If repairs can restore the performance of your existing unit, should you go that route or do you need to have your HVAC system replaced instead?
Another clear sign it’s time to replace your HVAC unit is frequent repairs. This mechanical equipment experiences more breakdowns in its final two years of service life from wear and tear, so if repairs have been needed at an increasing rate, it’s likely your system will permanently break down soon.
Just because repairs are possible doesn’t mean they are the right solution. Before you decide to repair or replace your HVAC system, consider the age of the equipment. Newer systems that are nowhere near the average service life are typically repaired so that the unit can continue to function for many more years. In older systems, repairs are sometimes merely a temporary band-aid, propping up the system for just a little while longer. Repairing major components can be expensive and not worth the cost compared to just replacing the system.
Also, consider the cost of both options to see what makes the best financial sense for your budget. It’s usually advised that if the needed repairs cost as much as or more than half the price to buy a new unit, you go ahead and replace your HVAC system.
How to Replace Your HVAC System
To replace your HVAC system, start by contacting your trusted HVAC company. These specialists can help you evaluate the different types of heating and cooling equipment available and compare models to find the best fit for your household. Heating and cooling system replacement isn’t a DIY job – choose a qualified contractor to install your new unit which helps ensure it will perform as expected and prevent damage caused by faulty installation.
HVAC Replacement in Maryland
When it’s time to replace your HVAC system in Maryland, call Grove Heating & Cooling. For more than 15 years, we have outfitted Maryland homes with new Trane heating and cooling equipment, replacing aging HVAC systems and providing homeowners with long-lasting, high-quality comfort systems. Contact us today to request an estimate for installation.