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5 signs that it is time to replace your HVAC system


Joni Sweet, for Service Experts

Published 2:23 p.m. ET May 7, 2019 | Updated 2:20 p.m. ET May 22, 2019

An older HVAC system could be causing uneven temperatures throughout your home, astronomical utility bills and other troubles. (Photo: DragonImages, Getty Images / iStockphoto)

How often do you think about your HVAC system? For most homeowners, he has little radar until he breaks down, making you sweep buckets in the summer, trembling in winter and screaming to get the funds for expensive repair.

HVAC is one of the biggest investments you make in your home. While it is obvious that you want to keep running for as long as possible, it is important to understand when it is time to upgrade.

The heating, air conditioning and plumbing professionals at Service Experts are here to share some red flags when it is time to replace your HVAC system. In addition, if you need new equipment, you can lease a new high-efficiency HVAC system through a Service Expert Benefits Program including all maintenance, repairs and parts at no extra cost.

1. Keeping your utility bills climbing

Rising utility bills can be a sign to replace the HVAC system. (Photo: urbazon, Getty Images)

While it is normal to spend more on utilities when you want to cool your home during the summer, your bill should not be much higher than it was in the same month last year.

“Rising utility bills can be a sign that you need to replace your HVAC system,” said Jim Hughes, senior education and training manager at Service Experts. “The effectiveness of the system reduces over time from normal wear and tear. The most significant loss of efficiency is due to the dirt material and internal erosion. ”

You can expect your system's efficiency to be 5-10% as it gets older. However, if you notice that there is a spike in your energy bills, it is worth asking a technician to look at your HVAC system to see if something is wrong. If you need extensive repairs, you could be better off investing fully to maximize the efficiency of your home.

2. You have unfair temperatures around your home

Your kitchen is freezing, but you start resting back as soon as you enter the living room. Why can't your HVAC system maintain a consistent temperature throughout your entire home?

“A system that is too big for the town can make short bikes. The temperature gets quickly satisfied in the house, and it removes the system, ”said Jon Carman, vice president of sales by Service Experts. “However, the humidity will remain and it feels steeper and warmer in parts of your home. A modern air conditioning system would help you with these hot and cold swings. ”

Hughes says that it is worth looking into your duct if you have bad temperatures.

“The ductwork is something that carries warm and cool air for each individual area in the home. It is very important that the replacement for HVAC systems takes a look at the ductor work to ensure that the amount of air the system needs to move can be handled, ”he said.

3. Your HVAC system is ongoing

In summer dog days, your air conditioning system could overflow to keep your home comfortable. But some conditioning might require some conditioning that it will not extinguish on a regular day.

“It is a good indicator that the air conditioner does not have the potential,” said Hughes. “All of this dirt that needs to be removed may be affected and everything is cleaned and rebuilt. Or it may be that the compressor (core air conditioning system) is not functioning as well as it should. ”

Even if you are satisfied with the temperature in your home, you are probably not very satisfied with the extra costs associated with an ongoing HVAC system. It may help to replace your home more effectively.

4. Your HVAC system is aging

Ask how long you have the HVAC system and your technician may not have an exact answer.

“It really depends on how well it was installed and how well it looked after it,” Hughes said. “It is reported that the average air conditioning system needs to be replaced every 15 years, but it also takes account of systems that fail in the six years, and those that last 20 years.” T

It is not worth spending the money to repair a system on its final feet, especially if it uses R22 refrigerant, as this has been completely eliminated by 2020, Carman said.

“It's like trying to repair a tape deck instead of getting an iPod,” he said. “You need to think about whether you are repairing something to be obsolete, even if it is being repaired.”

5. You spend a lot of repairs

Maintenance of your HVAC system will require periodic maintenance.

“Things like the capacitor are basic repairs like the battery, or the contacts, which are like electric switches,” said Carman. “But when you get into the coils or when the compressor starts asking you questions, these are big repairs and you don't need to do it.”

If you get repairs estimates that exceed what you expected to spend, you might want to think about investing that money instead of a replacement, he said. A new HVAC system will not only help you make the most of your home improvement budget, but keep your home comfortable – whatever the weather report says.

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