As a general rule, if your HVAC system is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing it. As your HVAC system ages, it will require increasingly frequent repairs. And while repairs don’t cost that much individually, the costs can quickly add up. That’s why, in the long run, getting an HVAC replacement makes both practical and financial sense.
Important note: Keep in mind that infrequent maintenance can drastically shorten your HVAC system’s service life. As a general rule, your system should be inspected and maintained at least twice a year.
Other than keeping track of your HVAC system’s service life, how can you tell if the system needs to be replaced? By keeping an eye out for the warning signs below.
Here’s an overview:
- Higher utility bills – As your HVAC system ages, its efficiency will drop, which in turn will increase your heating and cooling costs.
- Uneven temperatures – Hot and cold spots are a possible sign your HVAC system isn’t as efficient as before.
- Indoor humidity – Excessive indoor humidity is a problem because it creates a damp environment that’s the perfect breeding ground for mold. It’s usually caused by either a problem with your HVAC system or leaky ductwork. If your allergies start to act up or you notice rotting wood or excess condensation on your windows, you should have a local HVAC contractor inspect your HVAC unit.
- Unusual noises – Unusual noises may indicate underlying HVAC issues that, in some cases, can’t be fixed. For instance, buzzing noises could indicate there’s something wrong with your HVAC system’s compressor unit, while screeching sounds are usually caused by a damaged fan belt in the blower (the component responsible for pushing conditioned air through the duct system).
One more thing: Don’t forget to vet a contractor before hiring them to make sure they’re qualified for your HVAC construction job.
HVAC Construction, Inc., a family-owned and -operated company with over three decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional HVAC services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (801) 298-4822 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Salt Lake City, as well as surrounding communities in Utah.