As a homeowner, it is highly likely that you will at some point have to replace your HVAC system. We know that it’s a huge investment and you want to get the most out of your HVAC system so we’ve made a list of six essential signs that it’s time to replace your heating and cooling system.
Your system is more than 10 years old
The Department of Energy recommends replacing any heat pump or air conditioner after ten years and any furnace or boiler after fifteen years. The major components of these systems will begin to fail after around ten years and may end up costing you more money in the long run.
Your system uses R22
R22 is a type of freon found in older units that is outdated, harmful to the environment, and will soon no longer be available at all. Newer systems use 410A instead of R22 as it is safer for the environment. Systems that use R22 will have to eventually be replaced as the phasing out of R22 continues.
Your repair costs are more than half the cost to replace
If your system needs to be repaired and the cost to repair is half of the cost or more than half the cost of a new system and the system is ten years old or close to it, it’s time to replace your system. Investing money into an older system will end up costing you more money in the long run.
Your energy bill is abnormally high
As systems age, their efficiency declines and while your energy bill is likely to differ depending on the season, they should be relatively similar. Anytime your energy bill is unusually high, you should have your HVAC system checked to make sure there isn’t an issue occurring.
Your home’s indoor air quality is poor
If you begin to notice the air in your home seems different or notice an increase in dust it could mean that your ductwork is leaking and allowing air from your attic to enter your home. This can also affect your health so it’s important to make sure that the air in your home is clean.
Your system hasn’t been properly maintained
HVAC systems that haven’t been properly maintained will only have half the lifespan as a properly maintained heating and cooling system. This is why preventative maintenance services are so important.