Your HVAC system (that’s your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit) is an often overlooked workhorse in your home, keeping you comfortable throughout the year. In the winter, the heater will keep you warm, and in the summer, the air conditioner will keep you cool. It also ventilates and dehumidifies the air in your home so fresh air circulates through your house.
But what happens if your HVAC system is no longer performing as efficiently as it used to? Should you plan on replacing it?
Our Best Home Services HVAC pros discuss some of the signs that it is time to replace your HVAC system versus repairing it. Let’s go!
The best points:
- The average lifespan of an HVAC system ranges from 10-20 years
- Extensive HVAC repairs usually signal the need for repairs
- Replacements are often more cost-effective than multiple repairs
- If you need to replace your HVAC, it isn’t a DIY job. The system is complex (and potentially dangerous), so always call a licensed professional
- Stay in the know on all the best tips for maintaining your HVAC unit on our blog
To Repair or Replace? That is the Question
Sometimes efficiency issues with your HVAC system can be solved with repairs or maintenance. Other times it is necessary to schedule a full replacement. Let’s look at some of the signs it’s time to consider a replacement.
#1. Your HVAC System is More Than 10 Years Old
Though the average lifespan of an HVAC unit ranges between 10 and 20 years, if your system is older than 10 years, it is likely less efficient than it used to be and is costing you more each month to run.
Many newer, higher SEER units are much more efficient and
end up paying for themselves in efficiency over time.
As an HVAC system ages, it starts to wear down, especially if it is used year-round like here in Florida. After a certain point, replacement becomes the most cost-effective option because by installing a new higher efficiency unit, you will save on repairs, maintenance, and energy bills.
#2. Your Energy Bills Continue Rising
A small increase in energy costs during the summer is common in Florida, but if your energy costs continue to rise, despite no apparent change to how you run your unit, then there is likely a problem and you might want to consider replacing your unit.
If you are unsure if your HVAC is the cause of your higher than normal energy bills, it’s time to call our team at Best Home Services. We will inspect your system and help you decide if it is time for a new HVAC unit. Call us today at 844-921-2833!
#3. The Repair will Cost More than a Replacement
If your air conditioning and heating system has broken down and your repair cost is half or more about what a new unit would cost, we recommend replacing it.
Extensive HVAC repairs usually
signal that a unit is on its way out.
Remember, paying half or more of the cost of an HVAC replacement is NOT an efficient use of time, money, or energy.
#4. Your System Can’t Keep Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature
One of the most common signs that it is time for a new heating and cooling system is if your unit can’t keep your home comfortable. This includes keeping your home cool in the summer months and warm in the winter. Or your home might have higher humidity than normal, making your indoor environment less comfortable.
When your HVAC system is old or has not been maintained properly, it no longer works as efficiently as it did when it was new. When it isn’t working efficiently, it can’t do the job it was designed to do and it’s time to think about replacing the system.
#5. There is an Increase in Dust Around Your Home
Besides heating and cooling your home, your HVAC system works to circulate fresh air throughout your space. By doing so, it also filters much of the dust and allergens from the inside air.
If you notice more dust around your home, it is likely
your HVAC unit is no longer ventilating the air correctly.
Before replacing your unit, check to see if the air filters need to be replaced or cleaned, and schedule a duct cleaning with our team at Best Home Services. If these steps don’t solve the problem, your HVAC unit might not be performing as it should and our professionals can help replace it.
Still Unsure if You Should Repair or Replace?
If you are on the fence about replacing your HVAC system, the best thing to do is call our professionals at Best Home Services. Our licensed HVAC technicians can inspect your unit to determine where the problem is, and depending on what we find we will either suggest a repair or replacement.
It is also important to remember, that if you need to replace your HVAC unit, it isn’t a DIY job. Working with HVAC units is complex and potentially dangerous, so you should always call a licensed professional to handle replacements and repairs.
HVAC Repairs & Replacements
If you think you may need HVAC repairs or a replacement, contact our team at Best Home Services. We are happy to come out and inspect your unit and answer any questions that you may have before replacing your unit.
Call our friendly team at Best Home Services today to schedule an appointment; 844-921-2833!