The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the lifespan of the average HVAC system is 15-20 years. Their recommendation is to replace the system every 10-15 years, but many homeowners opt to make repairs or replace HVAC parts to prolong the system’s life. Regardless of whether you plan to repair or replace your system, it’s a good idea to perform regular maintenance and inspections.
Let’s have an HVAC talk and explore some of the ways you can tell if it’s time to replace your HVAC system.
Your HVAC System Is Getting Loud
If your HVAC system is making a new, unusual, or very loud noise, this is a sign things are going wrong. Sometimes the issue is a failing HVAC part that can be replaced. Other times it could be a sign your system needs to be replaced. A trained HVAC technician can help you discover the problem.
HVAC Airflow Is Low
If the air coming out of your vents is weak, it could be a failing fan or compressor. Sometimes these parts can be replaced. There could also be an issue with your ductwork, like a blockage of some type. Low airflow is a cause for concern and should be investigated by an HVAC technician.
Weird Smells From Your HVAC System
When you first turn on your HVAC system, there can be a distinct odor. This is usually caused by dust particles that settled in the system while it wasn’t being used. This is normal and shouldn’t cause any concern.
But if you have a new or strange odor coming from your HVAC system, this could be a sign of a serious issue. From mold in the ductwork to burned-out electrical components, there is a wide range of potential problems. Have your unit inspected to make sure everything is okay.
Utility Bill Is Unusually High
If your utility bill seems higher than usual, it could be a sign of a problem. Sometimes a leak occurs in your ductwork or system refrigerant. Older systems can become less efficient and result in the unit working harder and longer than usual.
Unexpectedly high utility bills are a reason to have your HVAC system inspected.
When to Have a Serious HVAC Talk
Since an HVAC system’s average lifespan is 10-15 years, it’s a good idea to prepare for HVAC replacement every ten years. Working with a trained heating and cooling professional and including regular maintenance can help you be ready when the time comes to replace the system. It’s always better to prepare for the time and expense than be surprised by a sudden system failure.
Repair or Replace?
There are many things to consider when deciding to repair or replace your HVAC system. But your HVAC system will give you some warning signs when it’s time to take action. Regular maintenance can help prolong the life of the system and keep your home comfortable year-round.
If you are ready to have an HVAC talk, contact us for a quote. We have an experienced team of HVAC professionals who can help with maintenance or complete HVAC installation.