No matter how well you take care of your HVAC system, the time will come when it simply cannot go on and you must seek a replacement. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your HVAC system? Generally, you get a sense that your system is “old” but how old is too old?
What follows are some tips that can help you diagnose whether it is officially time for you to invest in a new HVAC system. And, if you do, there is no one better qualified to help than our team here at Ambient Edge. Call us at 888-230-5160, and let’s get started!
Your HVAC System Is Over 10 Years Old
If your HVAC system is 10 years old or older, then it is definitely time to start gearing up for a replacement. The Department of Energy recommends you replace your HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. If you use your air conditioner more frequently, then you should stick to the lower end of that estimate, rather than the higher end.
Additionally, air conditioners older than 10 years old are more likely to contain a dangerous ozone-depleting substance known as R-22 freon refrigerant, which is terrible for the environment. Upgrading to a new system will reduce the carbon footprint your air conditioner leaves on the world.
You’re Investing in Frequent Repairs
Just like a car, the best way to know your HVAC system is dying is that you have spent hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars on it recently, and it seems like the repairman is always at your house.
When it becomes more cost-effective to flat-out replace your HVAC system, rather than continue to fix it, that’s a red flag that your system is dead, and you need a new one. Why continue to throw money away when you can invest in a brand-new, more energy-efficient system?
Your Energy Bills are Climbing
You may not think there is any reason to believe there is something wrong with your HVAC system…until you get your monthly utility bill. If charges seem unusually high, this may be a sign that your system is using more energy than it needs to do the same job it has always done. High utility bills are another sign that your HVAC system has to go.
Your Home is Always Uncomfortable
Does it seem like your HVAC system is always either overcompensating or not working hard enough? Inconsistent airflow and temperatures are more signs that your HVAC system is on its way out. Of course, this could just require a simple repair, but it depends on the age of your system and the kind of repair your system needs.
Inconsistent temperatures can be the result of anything from a damaged thermostat to a more significant problem with the motor. The only way to know for sure is to call a licensed professional and have him come take a look.
You’ve Noticed Odd Sounds or Smells
Unmistakable signs that any household appliance is on the fritz, or about to be, is if it is making odd sounds or emitting odd smells. Go with your gut. If you believe your HVAC system is making a sound you’ve never heard before, then you’re probably right. You should have odd sounds like grinding or squealing looked at immediately. If it is a problem that can be fixed, letting the sound continue may be allowing the problem to get worse.
If it’s an odd smell that you’ve noticed, it never hurts to schedule an inspection just to be on the safe side. Sometimes, an odd smell is nothing more than dust burning off the machine, but you can never be too careful. The last thing you need is an electrical fire or mold-related health problems because you smelled an odd smell and did nothing about it.
Need Your HVAC System Replaced? Ambient Edge Can Help!
At Ambient Edge, we know how hard of a hit it can be to have to replace your entire HVAC system. We also know how much of a necessity that is, which is why we offer our customers financing to ease the burden. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our parts and labor, so that if you are unhappy for any reason, you can let us know and feel confident that we will do whatever it takes to make it right.
We are available when you need us. We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether you’re experiencing an issue at 3:00 in the afternoon, or 1:00 in the morning. We always have someone standing by, ready to help. So fill out our contact form or give us a call at 888-230-5160 today!