It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to write our customers and readers here at ElectricMasters, the top electrician and HVAC contractor in Cincinnati. In some of our more recent posts, we’ve gotten the chance to write about fun facts about furnaces, boilers, and heat in general, why there’s no better time to get an HVAC maintenance plan from ElectricMasters, and other practically helpful HVAC blogs.
We will continue with that theme in today’s post — as the title no doubt already gave away. If you have been wondering if it’s time to give your local HVAC contractor a call about replacing your HVAC system, this blog is perfect for you! We will address a few of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your HVAC system — signs we’ve grown quite familiar with in our industry.
So if you’ve been asking yourself if it’s time for a new system, or perhaps if it’s simply time to get an experienced technician out to your home to perform a few repairs, keep reading!
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your HVAC System
One qualifier before we dive straight in: ElectricMaster provides experienced, affordable HVAC services in Cincinnati here at ElectricMasters. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC repair or installation services, we can get the job done efficiently! Now, without further ado, we’ll underscore a few signs that indicate the need for a new HVAC system in your home or place of business.
Your HVAC System Frequently Needs Repairs
Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, one of the last things you want to deal with is calling HVAC technicians to frequently repair your system. Not only is it expensive, but it costs you time as well. You could be running your business or spending time doing the things you want to do at your home, like spend time with your family!
Ultimately, investing in a new HVAC system might cost you more than a single repair in the short-term, but it will save you money in the long run.
Your Furnace Is Over 15 Years Old & Your AC Unit Is A Decade Old
You might be surprised to learn that different elements of your HVAC system have different average lifespans. The average air conditioner lasts between 10 and 15 years, whereas modern furnaces can last up to two decades when they are looked after properly. If you are approaching the end of the average shelf lives, it’s time to start thinking about repairing your old units. Doing so will likely see an increase in energy efficiency.
You Just Can’t Keep Your Home Comfortable
Let’s not lose sight of the most important purpose your HVAC system serves — to keep your office or home comfortable. If you find your family or employees to be uncomfortable because your system can no longer regulate the indoor temperature properly, it’s time to get an HVAC company out to your home or business to diagnose the situation.
Obviously, it’s best practice to start with basic maintenance and repairs before you proceed with a full-on HVAC installation. It might be an affordable, straightforward fix after all. However, if the less expensive solutions don’t provide you with what you need — a comfortable living space — it’s time to replace your HVAC system.
The Repair Work Is Mighty Expensive
We’ve touched on this to some extent above, but it’s worth discussing its own right. In the same way, you wouldn’t invest thousands of dollars multiple times to repair the same problem with your old car, you shouldn’t do the same thing with your home or business’ HVAC system. To the unfamiliar, repair work can be expensive.
Like we mentioned earlier in this blog, it’s often the wiser choice to bite the bullet and pay for the HVAC replacement instead of pouring more money into futile repair work. It might set you back a bit more initially, but over time, it should prove to be the more scrupulous financial decision.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
When you experience poor indoor air quality, the first thing you want to consider is the last time you’ve had your ductwork cleaned. If you’ve replaced your air filters but the poor air quality remains an issue, installing a new HVAC system is sure to help.
The reason is that old HVAC systems often introduce an excess of dust, allergens, humidity, and even mold into your home or business. Now, you might not notice the extra humidity or allergens straight away, but the dust is a different story. Be sure to look out for dust in your home or office so that you can address this situation as soon as possible.
An Inefficient HVAC System
The rule of thumb here is, the older the system, the more likely it is to be inefficient. If you’ve noticed that your utility bills have soared in recent months, your inefficient HVAC system could be the culprit.
New air conditioners and furnaces have much more stringent energy-efficiency requirements than dated models. We aren’t talking about minor changes in efficiency either — on average air conditioners are over 50% more efficient than AC units were just a decade ago!
So, even though maintenance and AC repair work can improve your system’s overall efficiency, such minor impacts pale in comparison with the dividends you could be getting from installing a new HVAC system. Yes, it will cost more upfront, but it’s an investment. Over time, you’ll be saving money by seeing your utility bill drop significantly.
You Are Getting Ready To Sell Your Home
If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, it’s worth your consideration to replace your HVAC system. If it’s an older furnace and AC unit, you’ve got even more cause to do so. Not only will replacing the unit add to the valuation of your house, but it will make it more attractive to pretty much any prospective homebuyer out there; people don’t want big, expensive repairs right after they’ve bought their new home.
In the same way that updating fixtures and appliances can give you a competitive edge in the market, installing a new furnace and/or AC unit can make your house much more attractive, not to mention a bit more expensive!
You’ve Got A Loud HVAC System
While all furnaces and AC units make a bit of noise while operating, if yours is making aggressive, blaring noises, that’s a horse of a different color. It’s likely a sign that your system is experiencing significant malfunctions that need to be diagnosed and repaired at a minimum.
If your blowers, fans, or motors aren’t able to work together smoothly, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to replace your HVAC system.
You Have An Unsafe HVAC System
To be clear, we aren’t in the business of using scare tactics to get people to give us a call. That being said, we wouldn’t be doing our due diligence if we didn’t list the following among the signs that it’s time to replace your HVAC system.
There’s nothing inherently dangerous about your AC unit failing to blow cold air. However, if your system has frayed or exposed wires (or if it’s leaking freon, a highly poisonous substance), the situation can quickly become perilous.
When it comes to your furnace, you want to make sure your gas furnace is not leaking. You also want to make periodic checks to ensure the pilot light hasn’t gone out. If you notice either of these situations, immediately evacuate your home or place of business. Once you are sure there isn’t an imminent threat, give your Cincinnati HVAC contractor at ElectricMasters a call.
Reach out to us at ElectricMasters if you are experiencing any of these signs. We will help you determine whether your HVAC system needs a basic repair or a full-on replacement. For affordable and high-quality HVAC services in Cincinnati, reach out to us at ElectricMasters!