Are you debating between calling your heating and cooling contractor again to make yet another repair or giving in and replacing your old equipment? Here are some signs to look for to help you decide.
If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old or your air conditioner or heat pump is over 10 years old, it’s probably time to upgrade. When these systems reach the end of their projected lifespans, they will start showing more of the signs we describe throughout this article, including decreased efficiency and frequent breakdowns.
If your system requires frequent maintenance, repair bills can add up quickly. Parts wear down, and your system loses its efficiency as it ages. Instead of calling your HVAC company to fix the next thing that fails, consider putting that money towards a new, efficient, and powerful system that will require few repairs and little maintenance for many years to come.
Loud or Strange Noises
If you hear a strange noise while running your furnace or air conditioner, the problem could be simple to fix, such as a part that got loose and needs tightening. On the other hand, if your system is older, parts could be wearing out. If the parts aren’t replaceable or a large part of your system is malfunctioning, you may want to consider buying a new system.
Cycling On and Off Frequently or Constant Running
If your system cycles on and off frequently and works harder than it should, it likely needs a good cleaning. If it seems like it needs to run constantly to keep your home at the desired temperature, this not only will raise your energy bills but could also be a sign that your system is inefficient and needs to be replaced.
If you have leaks in ductwork throughout your home or your equipment isn’t operating properly, you might experience humidity issues throughout the year; your home could become overly dry in the winter and too humid in the summer.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
One of your HVAC system’s most important jobs is to keep your air clean and your home well ventilated. Over time, however, your equipment can collect dust and allergens that can be circulated throughout your home, especially if it’s not cleaned regularly. If debris builds up, it can pose a fire hazard as well as greatly reduce your system’s ability to operate efficiently. Excessive dust in your home could also be due to leaky ductwork. Dirt and neglect, according to Energy Star, are the leading causes of system failure.
If your system doesn’t heat or cool your home consistently and some rooms are much warmer or cooler than others, this is likely due to one of two problems. It could be that your HVAC system wasn’t installed properly and isn’t the correct size for your home. If this isn’t the case, your system may be failing and unable keep up with demands. Call a technician you trust to inspect your system and explain your options.
High Energy Bills
If your energy bills are higher than you know they should be, call an HVAC technician to inspect your system. If nothing is seriously wrong (other than your system getting old) or a repair is made but you still see your bills rising in the coming months, consider replacing your equipment. Your system is likely having to work harder to produce the same output as it used to.
If you’re ready for an upgrade and you live in or near the Roaring Fork Valley, call Pacific Sheet Metal. We install quality, efficient Lennox heating and cooling equipment for our happy customers. We can also inspect your system and make any necessary repairs. Contact us today!