Your HVAC system plays a key role in ensuring that your family is comfortable and healthy. However, when it’s nearing the end of its service, your system won’t execute its purpose as it used to. In some cases, this poor performance might even result in a source of discomfort and indoor air pollutants. It may be time to replace your old HVAC.
Without a doubt, the cost of a new HVAC system requires huge financial sacrifices. However, at times, installing a new one is the most cost-effective solution. Read on to learn the warning signs of an HVAC system needing replacement.
Continually Running System
Normally, your HVAC should only be running when you want it to. Unfortunately, as your system gets older, it takes longer to cool or warm your home than it used to. Worn-out parts can cause your old system to work harder and harder, wasting energy.
However, if your system won’t turn off on a regular day, it’s an issue of concern. Contact a trusted AC technician. They can advise you about whether you only need repairs, or replace the entire system.
Remember, if your system keeps running constantly, it’ll use more energy. In the end, you’ll spend so much cash on utility bills, and you won’t evade installing a new system.
Increasing Energy Bills
If you’re seeing higher and higher energy bills, this can suggest a faulty HVAC. Repairs may be sufficient to get your bill under control. However, sometimes repairs won’t be enough for an old system.
Despite these concerns, don’t forget that it’s normal for your electric bills to rise and drop seasonally. Ask an HVAC professional to inspect it and advise you about whether a new system is necessary.
Frequency of Repairs Increases
As your system gets older, the demand for repairs and, at times, replacements is normal. However, very frequent repair calls might be a sign that it’s time for a new system. These repairs can add up, making it more financially sensible to instead replace your old HVAC system.
The System Makes Strange Noises
It’s very normal for an HVAC system to make some type of noise. However, by now, you’re already accustomed to the noise that comes from your system. If the sound from your system gets louder or if you notice an unfamiliar sound coming from your system, you need to turn it off and reach out to an expert.
At times the issue can be remedied through simple repairs or a replacement. However, if the strange noises go on even after repairs are done, it’s a clear indication that you need to install a new system.
Temperature Imbalances in Your Household
Unstable temperatures throughout your home are a sign of needing to replace your old HVAC. You might be able to get by with maintenance for some problems. You may also just have a faulty thermostat.
Therefore, do not panic. Instead, contact qualified personnel to inspect your system and diagnose the issue. Look for a trustworthy professional. They can help you to determine if you can get by with repairs or need a new system.
If unusual smells start coming from your system, it’s never a good sign. Even worse, some of these bad odors are toxic and can negatively affect your health and that of your loved ones. Others, such as a burning smell from your system, symbolize a mechanical problem or a wiring issue in your HVAC.
To escape the dangers linked to smells from your system, immediately turn it off, and reach out to an HVAC expert. You can usually address weird smells through repairs or maintenance.
If repairs don’t solve the smell, it may be time for a new system after all. Remember, your health and safety are more important than money in the bank.
Your HVAC System is Getting Old
Is your system older than 15 years? The Department of Energy recommends that homeowners in Northern Valley and Greater Sacramento replace their systems every 10 to 15 years. This way, you’ll protect your loved ones and the environment from Freon (R-22). Besides, newer systems are more energy efficient, meaning lower energy bills, and will demand fewer repairs.
Reduced Indoor Air Quality?
Your HVAC plays a key role in ensuring that your indoor air is clean and easy to breathe. First, take care of basic maintenance like replacing filters. If this doesn’t work, it may be that the system itself is at fault. If the issue is not addressed, reduced indoor air quality can be detrimental to children, elderly loved ones, and individuals with asthma and other allergies.
At Gallagher’s Plumbing, Heating and Air, we understand the importance of an efficient HVAC system. As such, we’ve dedicated ourselves to offering exceptional HVAC services throughout Northern Valley and Greater Sacramento. With over 30 years of serving our clients, we understand the financial sacrifices associated with installing these systems.