Having problems with your home’s HVAC system? It’s hard to know whether simple repairs or a full replacement are in order. This is especially true if you’ve been having issues with your system for quite some time.
We’ve talked before about how to tell when your A/C unit needs to be replaced as well as how to tell when your furnace needs replaced. If your home has central air, there may come a time when your whole system needs to be overhauled.
Here are a few key ways you can tell whether it’s time to consider investing in a new HVAC system.
Check the System’s Age
On average, a well-maintained HVAC system can last 10 to 15 years or more. If you’ve been dutiful in getting regular maintenance done, it may last even longer. It’s important to know that even the most well-maintained systems are victim to wear and tear from regular use. That’s why most manufacturer warranties don’t cover beyond the 10 year mark. It’s important to note that, even if your system still runs well at 15 years old, it’s less energy efficient than newer models. Technology evolves every year, and HVAC is no exception. Replacing your system may be a bigger up front cost, but will likely save you money on utilities in the future.
Of course, the age of your HVAC isn’t always the perfect indicator of if it needs to be replaced. After all, if you’ve lived in your home for less time than that, you don’t know how well the previous occupants cared for it. If you’re noticing issues inconsistent with your HVAC’s age, it may have been poorly maintained in the past.
It Frequently Needs Repaired
If your system is constantly needing repair work, it could be a sign that you’re in need of a replacement. Twice yearly preventative maintenance checks should be enough to keep your home’s HVAC running smoothly. That is, unless your system has a bigger underlying issue such as old age or poor past maintenance. In cases like this, where you’re repeatedly paying for repairs, a replacement can be cheaper in the long run.
On top of this, a replacement system will be much more reliable. If you’re constantly calling in for HVAC repairs, that means you’re constantly dealing with an unreliable system. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the blazing Texas heat without air conditioning, or the freezing winter without heat. A new system also has the benefit of being under warranty, so you don’t have to pay out of pocket for necessary work.
Pay for a Professional Inspection
Want to know the easiest and most reliable way to tell if your HVAC needs replaced? Get a professional evaluation! A skilled HVAC technician will inspect all the parts of your system. From your ductwork to your drainage, they’ll make sure everything is in proper working order. The technician will also be able to help pinpoint the cause of any issues you’re dealing with. Then, they’ll give an educated suggestion on if a repair or a replacement is the right solution. You can always get a second opinion if you want to be sure you’re getting the best recommendation.
Texas Ace is happy to provide you with a professional HVAC evaluation! Contact us online or give us a call any time at 817-240-6701 to schedule your inspection. The good news is that inspection and preventive maintenance can help extend the life of your HVAC system. This is especially true if it’s still in good working condition.
Once you know whether or not an HVAC replacement is right for you, the only thing left to do is schedule your work. If you need help finding the right team for the job, check out our previous blog article “How to Choose the Best HVAC Contractor.” Of course, if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you can rely on the team at Texas Ace Heating and Air to take care of all your HVAC needs!