Having reliable heating and cooling in your home or business is important. It is a matter of comfort and safety, especially during harsh summer and winter months. If you have issues with your system, you may consider replacing the whole thing.
The problem is that HVAC replacement is expensive, and regular maintenance and repairs can often keep your system running for years. But many factors impact this decision, which can be a difficult one to make.
The good news is that, once you understand these variables, you can be confident you are making an informed decision. Keep reading to find out more.
Like most machines, HVAC equipment needs regular maintenance and occasional repair. As your system ages, you can expect to spend more on keeping it going.
However, you do not want to keep putting money into a sinking ship. If you spend large sums on repairs regularly, you may be better off putting those funds toward a new system.
An Older System
HVAC systems usually last between 15 and 20 years. That range depends on how often you use it and how hard the system has to work throughout the year.
In general, if your system is well over 10 or 15 years old, it is only a matter of time before you start having issues. You may not want to wait until it goes out completely before making the move for replacement.
Increased Utility Bills
If you notice your energy bills have steadily crept up, this may be a sign that your unit is working harder to produce the same results. It also could be a sign of a faulty HVAC unit or components.
Modern HVAC systems are much more efficient than ones produced even a decade ago. You can expect to recoup much of the money you spend on replacement through monthly energy savings.
Before making this decision, have an energy audit on your HVAC system and home (often, energy companies will do the latter for free). This could reveal problems, like leaks in ducts or around windows, that could be the culprit.
Some combination of the above reasons may be enough to consider HVAC replacement. The point is to treat them as warning signs that major repairs could be ahead.
There are other reasons to get a new HVAC system as well. Time is one of them. If you are considering renovating or selling your home, it could be a good time to upgrade the system.
Another reason is gaining better features. Many older HVAC systems are not compatible with things like smart thermostats.
Such upgrades can yield better energy efficiency through increased control of the system. For instance, a smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature when you leave the home. This also can help extend the life of your system.
Learn More About HVAC Replacement
Now that you know some scenarios for when it is time for HVAC replacement, you can make the right decision based on your heating and cooling needs and budget. A reputable heating or AC replacement company can further advise you on the right time to upgrade your system.
Schwartz Air Conditioning and Heating offers high-quality heating and central AC replacement, maintenance, and repair in Sarasota and the surrounding areas. Our trained and experienced technicians can help you determine the right course of action, no matter your HVAC issues. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.