Replacing an HVAC unit isn’t something to take lightly. This is a decision to make when you know it’s time to do so. Although you want to ensure that an HVAC upgrade is the right decision, you also want to make the decision before your home’s left unbearable to stay in.
A faulty HVAC unit or a broken HVAC unit can cause uncomfortable temperatures inside the home and lots of costly repairs. When you consider an HVAC unit upgrade, you can put all your HVAC worries to the side and live in comfort each and every day.
How will you know if an HVAC upgrade is right for your system?
In the guide below, you’ll find several signs that it’s time for an upgrade. Continue reading to find out more.
1. Strange Loud Noises
As your HVAC unit ages, it’s common for it to run a bit louder than before. However, strange loud noises are a sign that something more serious than age is going on. Sometimes, these noises can be repaired by replacing smaller parts.
Some noises to listen out for are as followed:
- a banging furnace
- loud outdoor unit
- a loud humming noise
- strange noises before the unit kicks on
If you’ve repaired several parts to correct the noise but it continues, then it could be a sign that upgrading an HVAC system is the right move to make.
2. Increased Running Times
Have you noticed your HVAC unit starting up more frequently or running for longer periods of time than it should? This might be due to the unit working harder than normal to maintain a certain temperature in the home. The blower motor and coils could play a part in this, so it’s a good idea to check them over first.
After checking these parts and repairing or replacing them, your unit should begin working properly. If not, then this could be a sign that a replacement is needed.
3. A Unit Over 10 Years
Unfortunately, an HVAC unit will only last for a certain amount of time. Even if you care for the unit properly, there will still come a time when you’ll need to replace it. In general, a unit will last around 10 years.
You can get more years out of the system if you conduct regular maintenance throughout the years. If not, you should expect to replace it right around the 10-year mark. Once it hits the 10-year mark, you can expect it to need several repairs, which can get costly.
As more time passes, more repairs will be needed. Because the unit is already more than 10 years old, it’s normally not worth putting money into costly repairs. Instead, it might be more beneficial to replace the unit altogether.
When you buy a new unit, you’ll also have a more efficient system as newer systems have more energy-efficient features.
4. Reoccuring Necessary Repairs
Another sign that it’s time to replace your current HVAC unit is a unit in need of reoccurring necessary repairs. As a unit ages, it’ll need repairs. Most repairs can be made quickly and for a fair price.
When your unit is constantly needing expensive repairs or having a reoccurring issue with the same part, it might be time to replace it. There are also certain parts that when broken might not always be worth fixing. For example, a broken compressor or motor might not be worth replacing.
It could actually save you money to replace the unit instead. Making constant repairs to a system might be cheaper upfront, but as the years pass by, you could end up putting more money into your older unit than you would be paying for a new unit.
5. Inconsistent Home Temperature
It’s your HVAC unit’s job to maintain control of your home’s temperature. If you’re noticing inconsistent home temperatures, then something isn’t working correctly with your unit. While the unit is running, it should never feel too hot or too cold in your home.
You should be comfortable at all times. One of the first things to do is have the unit inspected for signs of small repairs needed. If you fix these small issues, and the unit is still having trouble cooling your home, then it’ll need further inspecting.
In some cases, a unit could be either too big or too small for a home. A unit should be sized accordingly to your home. An improperly sized unit will need replacement. Speak with a professional about finding the right-sized unit for your home.
6. An Increase in Energy Bill
An increase in your energy bill could be a sign of an overworked HVAC system. When your HVAC system must work overtime to keep your home cool. This could be due to a part in need of repair or simply an older unit.
As the system works harder than usual to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, it increases your energy bill. Although there could be other reasons for an increase in your energy bill, it’s never a bad idea to check your HVAC unit to ensure it’s running efficiently.
Are You in Need of an HVAC Upgrade?
Is your home in need of an HVAC upgrade? If you can relate to any of the signs listed above, then your unit might be ready for a replacement. Use the information above to help you make a final decision and then be sure to contact the experts.
At Connell’s, we’re dedicated to making the highest quality heating and cooling systems in the Augusta area. Contact us today to see how we can help repair or replace your HVAC unit.