A properly maintained HVAC system will keep your home comfortable for years, but it is inevitable that even with the best care and maintenance eventually your unit will need to be replaced. It can be tough to tell when you are in need of a new HVAC unit versus when your system requires simple repairs, but an HVAC expert can help you to determine what condition your unit is in. Here are a few of the warning signs you need a new HVAC unit.
Old system: Most homeowners choose to replace their HVAC unit after about 10 to 15 years for a newer, more efficient model. Even if your HVAC unit has been well taken care of during its lifespan, it’s considered good practice and safety to replace your unit every 15-20 years at the most. If your current unit has been running for over 20 years, it is definitely time to replace it.
Difficulty controlling temperature: If you’re finding that it’s harder than ever to keep your home cool this summer, it could mean that your system is in need of repairs, but it could also mean its time to replace your unit if its getting older. One of the first signs of a wearing unit is its inability to run efficiently and effectively keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Rising energy costs: With efficiency in mind, if you’re finding that your energy costs are ever-rising with each passing month, it’s possible it’s due to an inefficient HVAC unit. Cooling costs increase when your system is forced to work harder, but if your system is running at capacity and still not keeping your home cool, it’s likely time to replace your HVAC unit.
Loud noises: Any loud clunking noises are a major indicator that your HVAC unit is on the fritz. Your unit contains many moving parts, so loud noises can mean that these parts aren’t working together properly or are even grinding against each other. This may warrant new parts, but it’s probable the same thing will continue to happen over time if your unit is not replaced.
Safety concerns: Aside from keeping your home comfortable, the most important responsibility of your HVAC unit is to keep you and your family safe in your home. If you have any safety concerns in regards to your HVAC unit, do not hesitate to call a professional to assess for a new unit to be installed. It’s not worth risking your health and well-being by putting a replacement off.
If you live in Linwood, NJ and believe it’s time to replace your HVAC unit or have questions about HVAC installation, give us a call at (609) 653-2295 or click here to visit our website. We’re here to help!