Should I replace my HVAC System?Published on: May 15, 2020
How Do I Know If I Should Replace My HVAC System?
Nobody wants to shell out money for a new HVAC system. An average cost of a new AC unit and gas furnace is between $4,000 and $10,000, without ductwork. For most homeowners replacing an HVAC system would be a financial strain. Unfortunately, no matter how well maintained your HVAC system is, it will need to be replaced eventually. These 5 factors indicate that it might be time to replace your HVAC system soon.
- Age of System
One of the first things to consider when deciding to repair or replace your HVAC system is the age. Typically, air conditioning units require replacement every 10 to 15 years. Furnaces generally have a longer life span and can last 20 to 25 years. If your system is old and repairing it is expected to be more than half the cost of a new unit, a replacement will be the smarter option.
Spike in Energy Bills
Have you noticed that your current month’s energy bill seems significantly higher than in previous years? If so, it may be time to consider replacing your unit. Older heating and cooling systems are not as energy-efficient as the newer models. Replacing your old unit with a newer Energy Star® rated model can save you 20 to 40% on your electric bill.
3. Hard to Maintain Comfortable Temperatures
Many factors could be keeping your home at an uncomfortable temperature, such as clogged filters or damaged thermostat. However, temperature inconsistencies generally indicate a more significant issue such as cracked ducts or motor damage. If the latter, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the system.
The ideal humidity for a home is between 40-50%. If your home is consistently too dry or too humid, you should consider replacing your HVAC system. Humidity problems can lead to excessive dust mites and moldy bathrooms. If left unchecked for extended periods, it can also cause rot and structural damage. A new heating and cooling system can include a built-in humidifier and dehumidifier to regulate the humidity. Not only will this make your home more comfortable, but could reduce your energy bills.
5. Increased Dust
In addition to heating and cooling your home, an effective HVAC system should improve your home’s air quality. If you notice an increase in dust in your home, it may mean your unit isn’t removing it effectively and replacement is needed.
If you think it may be time to replace your current HVAC system, call your local HVAC specialist. A trained technician can identify the problem and provide you with a heating and cooling option for your home’s unique needs. Contact us to find a dealer today.