Are you having problems with your HVAC unit and think it may be time to replace the unit altogether? Unfortunately, HVAC units don’t last forever, even with excellent care and maintenance. In this article, we will share the top five signs that indicate it’s time to replace your HVAC unit with a newer model. Continue reading to learn more:
Age of Unit
The age of your HVAC unit is one of the biggest factors to consider when deciding if it’s time to buy a new unit. As your HVAC unit ages, it’s not uncommon for it to display signs of normal wear and tear. On average, HVAC units last 10-15 years with proper maintenance and professional repairs. If your unit is approaching the 10-15 year mark, and you are noticing other problematic signs like frequent repairs or rising utility bills, then you may want to consider replacing your unit with a newer, more energy-efficient model that will last you another 10-15 years.
Frequent repairs are a sign that it may be time to replace your HVAC unit. While HVAC repairs can help to extend the lifespan of your unit, the costs can add up. If you find your HVAC unit needing several significant repairs throughout the year, it may be time to replace the unit with a new model that can keep your home comfortable all year long. Nobody likes dealing with repair after repair, which is why we recommend replacing older units altogether if this becomes a frequent occurrence.
Unusual Smells or Noises
If you are noticing unusual smells or noises coming from your HVAC unit, it’s important that you have a professional technician investigate and determine a cause. Don’t ignore new smells and noises coming from your unit, as they can indicate dangerous issues, such as electrical problems, rodent damage, or improper HVAC installation, all of which can pose a fire hazard. Depending on the cause and situation, your HVAC technician can make the appropriate repairs to your unit, or you can choose to replace the unit altogether.
Rising Utility Bills
Has your electricity bill been steadily increasing? Your HVAC unit may be to blame. An inefficient or faulty HVAC unit can cause spikes in your energy bills. If you are noticing this problem, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient HVAC unit that will keep you and your family comfortable all year long without digging into your energy bills. In fact, data from The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that replacing an old HVAC unit with a modern, energy-efficient unit can help you to save up to 40% on heating and cooling costs.
Is your HVAC unit unable to keep your home comfortable? Are you noticing hot or cold spots throughout your home? This is a common problem with HVAC units 10-15 years or older. The older the unit, the more challenging it is to keep up with the demands of heating and cooling your home. While certain repairs and replacements can make your HVAC unit more efficient, sometimes it is necessary to replace the whole unit to ensure it can keep your home comfortable for years to come.
If you are having problems with your HVAC unit, don’t wait! Spring is the ideal time to schedule an installation ahead of the hot summer months. Give us a call today at (910) 348-4451 to schedule a new HVAC installation before the North Carolina heat kicks into full gear.