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Signs You Need A New HVAC System

Total Air, Inc.

Rated 4.9 out of 676 reviews

3 Signs You Aging HVAC Unit Is Ready For Retirement

If you misplace your wallet, the loss of money, energy and time is undeniable. Wasting money on your HVAC system is less obvious, but just as upsetting if you actually look at the numbers.

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How do I know if my HVAC needs to be replaced?

Lack of cool air and/or restricted airflow are two of the most obvious indications that you may need to replace your HVAC system. It's likely that the unit is malfunctioning if you turn it on and the air doesn't start coming out cold right away. Your piping or ductwork may be clogged, which would restrict airflow and prevent it from clearing up on its own. A lack of airflow, regardless of the cause, is a definite indication that you have a problem that needs to be resolved.

The presence of unpleasant odors is another sign that your system may need to be replaced. When there are issues, your AC may not always be producing air that is clean and unscented. A burning or smokey odor may be a sign of serious issues that need to be addressed right away.

The most annoying indication that your HVAC system needs to be replaced is higher than usual electric bills. Your air conditioner may be working too hard to cool your home, which could explain why your energy bills have recently risen. By investing in new equipment, you can cut your costs going forward.

How long should a HVAC unit last in Central Florida?

If you reside in a region with four extreme seasons, you might use your HVAC system almost all year long. People who live in more temperate climates might put less strain on their systems. HVAC systems on average last between 15 and 25 years. Although 15 to 25 years is a wide range and there are many things you can do to extend their lifespan. Having an annual maintenance contract will certainly help to ensure your system lasts as many years as it can. How often you use your system directly impacts the life expectancy of the unit. The more frequently you use a system, the more wear and tear it endures, reducing its expected lifespan.

Is getting a new HVAC system worth it?

An HVAC system that operates at a rate of efficiency greater than 80% is ideal. A new replacement will result in lower monthly costs if your current model operates at a low-efficiency rate. In addition, homeowners may experience a 20% reduction in their electric costs with a new HVAC system. Your home's market value will soar after you make this type of improvement.

As one of the most important components of your home, an HVAC system’s efficiency and functionality are invaluable to your family’s safety and comfort, but that doesn’t mean you should be continually dumping resources into it! To determine whether or not you are losing money on your HVAC system, we have compiled a few telltale signs that indicate it’s time to install a new, more efficient HVAC unit in your home.

Repairs Are Constant & Costly

As your system ages, the years of work take a toll on the components within. Compressors, coils and motors will begin to break down more often. Frequent repairs on your old system will begin to add up in terms of costs to you. Installing a new system may be more cost-effective for you when measured against continuing, costly repair bills.

Your Air Quality Is Bad

The chance that your older system is harboring harmful contaminants increases with every passing year. Dust, mold, odor-causing particles, excess humidity and other allergens that have become trapped in your system may circulate through your home’s air, creating or aggravating health and breathing problems.

Worrying Sounds Are Coming From Your System

Loud and unpleasant sounds from your heating and air conditioning unit are often signs of serious problems. These problems may be due to the age of the components in your system. The motors, fans and blowers of your HVAC unit should work without loud grinding or squealing sounds. A newer HVAC system will run quietly, without annoying sounds to disturb the peace and quiet of your home.

If you are noticing any of these trouble signs from your HVAC system, or you have any questions, call Total Air at (727) 916-7822 to schedule an inspection!

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