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- By James Wisler
As summer comes to an end and the holidays near, many homeowners will inevitably face complications with their HVAC systems. However, it is important to understand whether or not your system needs to be serviced or replaced.
After being in the HVAC industry for many years, I have learned a lot about the signs that indicate an HVAC system needs to be replaced. Saving you time and money, HVAC replacement indications are simple to understand when you know what to look for.
What Should You Look For?
When HVAC issues arise, it is crucial that the issue is fixed as soon as possible. HVAC problems can cause a lot of discomfort, and can be dangerous in inclement weather situations when heating or cooling are essential. Here are 3 signs that you should be looking for to indicate whether or not your HVAC system needs a replacement.
If you find yourself calling the service repair provider more than once a year, or even more than once every couple years, you may want to consider replacement. Like frequently servicing your car, frequent HVAC repairs can cost a substantial amount of time and money. To ensure a more dependable system, as well as to avoid having to repair your system more often than necessary, you might want to replace your HVAC unit.
If your HVAC system seems to be running consistently, it may be an indication that something is wrong. Throughout the year, you can expect your HVAC system to run normally 99 percent of the time. Only during extreme weather situations should your unit be running more than average. Similar to frequently servicing your unit, extended run time can result in costly repairs or utility bills. Replacing your HVAC unit may be the best solution to consistent run time.
Rising Utility Bills
As a homeowner, you likely know the average cost of your utility bill. However, if you notice a recent or consistent rise, despite no change in usage, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit needs a replacement. Unfortunately, this is often due to the unit’s life expectancy. On average, once a unit surpasses 10 years, homeowners are met with various problems that may not be fixable.
Due to ever-changing regulations, if you have an older HVAC system, we may not even be able to supply parts, knowledge, or ability to work on them. Thus, if your HVAC unit is over 10 years old and you’ve noticed a recent or consistent utility bill hike, replacement may be your best option.
If you think that your HVAC system needs service or needs to be replaced in the greater Roanoke area, Franklin County, and homes around Smith Mountain Lake, give us a call at (540) 483-9382.