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When Should HVAC Systems Be Replaced?

It is only natural that we would want to get the most out of our air conditioning systems, given that they are one of the most significant expenditures that we make for our homes. Sadly, it doesn’t matter how well-maintained your HVAC system may be; at some time, it will need to be replaced regardless of how well-maintained it may be. A house’s HVAC system may cause a host of problems for homeowners, including rising energy costs and diminished air quality within the home if it is outdated or broken. Have second thoughts about purchasing a brand new air conditioner? The following are the eight telltale signals that it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system:

 

Your Air Conditioning System Is Older Than 10 Years

When was the last time you had your air conditioner installed? The United States Department of Energy recommends that households replace their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system every ten to fifteen years. Even though modern air conditioners are built to last, the key components of the unit will start to fail after about 10 years, and the pace at which this happens is directly related to how frequently the unit is used and how well it is maintained.

 

The Cost of Repair Exceeds That Of A New Air Conditioner By More Than Half

If your present system is more than ten years old and you are on the fence about whether or not to repair it or replace it, buying a new system will be a better investment than repairing or replacing the current one. It is inevitable that at some point an air conditioning system will require maintenance or repair; however, if the cost of the maintenance or repair needed for your system is going to be greater than fifty percent of the cost of a new air conditioner, it would be more prudent to purchase a new system.

 

You Are Unable To Maintain A Comfortable Temperature In Your Home

When your home’s HVAC system is old, it may be difficult to maintain a constant temperature throughout the space. This might be the consequence of a number of different issues, including a broken thermostat, an incorrect thermostat, clogged filters, damage to the motors, cracked ducts, or low fluid levels. Other possible causes include clogged filters, low fluid levels, and cracked ducts.

Inconsistencies in temperature almost often indicate that either your heating and cooling system is not strong enough to circulate air in your home or the ducting has not been built correctly. 

 

Your Home Has Gotten More Dusty

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is responsible for providing enough ventilation in addition to moving cooled and heated air throughout your house. Your system, when it is functioning properly, should be able to enhance the air quality inside of your house by eliminating dust (in addition to dander, dirt, and other debris) and keeping humidity under control. If you have found that there is more dust in your house than there used to be, this might be an indication that the air conditioning system in your home is no longer effective enough to remove the dust.

 

Unusual Smells

If you notice an odor that isn’t normal coming from your HVAC system, it’s possible that it’s simply dust that’s being burned off, but it’s still vital to switch off the device and have it examined as soon as possible, just to be cautious. Odd odors may be caused by a number of different things, like the wire melting away or mold growing in the ducts.

 

Odd Sounds

A well-maintained HVAC system should not make an excessive amount of noise while in operation. You could start to hear sounds like grinding and screeching as time goes on and the individual components age. This is because the components are becoming older. In the event that any of these components are producing odd noises, you need to arrange for an instant inspection of the system.

 

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