No matter where you live, eventually your HVAC system will wear out. Homeowners in the colder states usually worry more about replacing a furnace during the winter. In Florida, the AC part of the system gets more use. Either way, you don’t want to have heating and cooling issues any time during the year. Your HVAC system often lets you know it’s time for you to replace it. Here are a few of the most common signs.
You Have an Aging System
No matter how good you are to your HVAC system, age will catch up with it and you’ll need a replacement. The average lifetime of an AC and furnace is 15-20 years. Modern HVAC systems are durable, but their components usually start wearing out at around 10 years of age. Of course, it depends on how often you use the system and how well you maintain it.
You Spend More Each Year on Repairs
Have you noticed an increase in your HVAC system repairs? If so, analyze how much you’re spending on repairs and pair that with the system’s age. If your system needs a repair that costs more than half of what you’d spend on a unit, the smarter things to do is invest in a new HVAC system.
Too Many Fluctuations in Temperature
Aging HVAC systems often struggle with consistent temperatures. Sometimes it’s too hot, sometimes it’s too cold. When your system has a hard time keeping temperatures consistent it can mean the system isn’t running well enough to push cool or warm air throughout your home. If you decide to continue relying on an inconsistent system, your comfort isn’t the only thing to suffer. You may start seeing an increase in energy bills.
Pay Attention to Sounds and Smells
All HVAC systems make noise and sometimes give off weird odors. Worn-out HVAC components sometimes grind and squeal. This isn’t normal! As far as odors, HVAC systems can develop musty smells, especially in humid climates like Florida. Anything other than a musty smell could be a sign you have a serious system issue. When you notice odd smells and strange noises, call your HVAC company!
Your HVAC Technician Notices
When your HVAC tech perform routine maintenance, they look for worn-out components. They also test how efficiently your system runs. If they detect a problem or feel like your system is nearing the end of its useful life, they’ll tell you. Your HVAC technician doesn’t want you to experience a sudden breakdown. Listen to their advice so that you can prepare for investing in a new HVAC system.
Your HVAC system can offer a wide range of clues indicating it’s time for a replacement. When we come out for your regular maintenance appointment, we’ll go over the entire system and talk with you about anything we find to suggest you need a replacement. If you have questions or want to explore options for an HVAC replacement, contact Cox Heating and Air Conditioning at 727-442-6158.
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