The weather is beautiful and perfect right now, but the heat of summer is right around the corner. Are you ready for it, and more importantly, is your HVAC unit ready for it? Many people put off buying a new HVAC when theirs is starting to fail, hoping to get just one more season out of it and avoid that significant expense right now. A struggling HVAC system can actually cause a lot of issues, from raising your utility bills to being a fire hazard. Consider these five signs that it is time to replace that old HVAC unit and make your home safer and more comfortable.
Your Unit is an Old System
Age may seem like nothing but a number, but when it comes to an HVAC unit that number is important. These appliances last a long time but they do have a finite lifespan. If your system is more than ten years old, the chances are good that it needs an upgrade. Even if it is still running pretty well it could be costing you money, since older HVAC units usually aren’t energy star rated. Switching to a newer, energy efficient system could save you up to 40% on your energy bills.
Components are Breaking
If you’re finding that primary components like the compressor or the coil are failing and need repairs or replacement, it may be time to replace the whole unit. Between what you would spend on the repairs and the extra money the unit is costing you in energy bills, you may come out ahead if you were just to buy a new one.
Your Unit is the Wrong Size
If you (or the homeowners before you) tried to save money on the furnace or HVAC, there’s a chance that it is not actually big enough for your house. If you’ve done any additions to the home, this also might be taxing your HVAC because it is working on cooling more space then it was designed for. Invest in a new unit that is designed for your size home.
Your Unit Making Unusual Noises
Generally speaking, if your unit is making a lot of noise, something is wrong. The components should work together without complaining about it. If your unit is bumping, thunking, clunking, grinding, or squealing, it may just need maintenance or it may be a sign of a big issue, one that you’re better off replacing than repairing.
You are Considering Selling Your Home
If you’re putting your home on the market, consider replacing the HVAC. A new unit is a big selling feature since prospective owners know that it won’t be an issue for them for many years. You could easily recoup what you’ve spent in terms of market value or ease of sale.
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