When Do I Need to Replace My HVAC System?
by The Cooling Company, on Jun 18, 2013 7:58:19 AM
As the summer months approach, checking on your HVAC's air conditioning system is a must! To replace your HVAC system, it helps to be aware of the signs.
The signs your HVAC system needs to be replaced
Likewise with your boiler and furnace when winter comes and a warm, cozy household is desired. There is nothing worse than waiting for a heat wave to let your HVAC kick in, only to find it isn’t working!
The following signs and signals should give you a reference guide to let you know if perhaps it is time to replace your HVAC system.
The Age of your HVAC System
How old is your system? Some questions you may want to ask have simply to do with the age, brand and type of HVAC installed in your home. It is especially important when buying a home in which you did not purchase the HVAC system yourself. Asking the age of the HVAC system is a standard question when investing in a new home. Additionally, being aware of any repairs or replacements on the HVAC will aid you in determining the state the HVAC is in at the time you take it over. If you bought your original HVAC and are noticing subtle signs of performance deterioration, hopefully you have stored and maintained all of the paperwork on it and can quickly reference the age of your HVAC.
The average life of an HVAC air conditioning system is 10 to 15 years.
A Jump in Your Energy Bill
An inflated energy bill may be an indicator that your HVAC is not performing to the standard it should. A jump in your bill may mean a jump in the operating cost of your HVAC system at which time you may need to consider repair or replacement. Factors to consider here are the warranty if applicable, the age of the system, the projected life of the system and the degree of expense needed for repair versus purchasing a new unit.
A Climb in HVAC Repairs
If you are finding that small issues keep arising with your HVAC system, there may be a bigger issue at hand. As with anything needing maintenance (such as a car), a quick review of your repair investments over the last two years may reveal that, while the repairs seemed inexpensive at the time, they are all adding up. It is now that you would want to research a new HVAC system.
Your Air Conditioner is Not Giving You the Cold Shoulder?
Are you noticing that your air conditioning doesn’t “kick in” like it used to? Does it take longer to reach the desired temperature? Do you find yourself or your family asking way too often “Is the air on?” when it is indeed? These are all signs that your HVAC system may need to be replaced. While it seems like common sense, sometimes everyday life and activities get in the way of recognizing these instances until it’s too late. Three determining factors when considering HVAC performance are the length of time it takes to reach comfort level, is that level maintained and is it efficient as well as comfortable based on outside temperatures and the comfort of your family. The accuracy of the Humidity Control is also a factor here.
A Dusty HVAC is a Low Performance HVAC
If you are noticing excess dust flying around and settling in your home, this could be a sign of leaking ducts. While duct sealing is an option, depending on the age and condition of your HVAC system, it could be a telltale sign that it is time to replace it.
A Loud HVAC May be a Sign there is a Problem
While newer HVAC systems are designed with considerable noise reduction (and therefore a noisy system may not be as good an indicator for a faulty system), older models that begin exhibiting more noise when turned on can be indicative of needing replacement. Air conditioning coil issues or undersized ducts would also make a system noisy.
Your HVAC system is by far the largest user of energy in the entire home. Thus, recognizing these tips when they occur can be a major factor in determining if and when your HVAC needs to be replaced. Proper care and maintenance of your boiler, furnace and air conditioner are also key in ensuring the longevity and performance of the entire system. Today's modern HVAC systems are engineered to be ever more energy efficient, so making smart choices when purchasing a new HVAC system can mean even longer lasting equipment and lower energy bills.
Remember to call The Cooling Company for any aid in the replacement of your HVAC System! Call us at for a (702) 567-0707 for a free estimate.