What Do I Need to Know About Replacing My HVAC?
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Understanding average lifespan, strange behaviors, and common warning signs will make for a safe and smooth HVAC replacement process. Knowing when it’s time to replace your system is just the start: you’ll also need to know the symptoms of a sputtering HVAC system and how to decide on a replacement — that’s where a professional can help.
When It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC
HVAC units are complex and without a technical background, it can be hard to know the right questions to ask. Here’s what you need to know about replacing your HVAC system.
Your HVAC system lasts 12 to 15 years, on average. Where your system falls in this range can depend on its size, location, brand, and environmental factors. Your HVAC unit might be top quality, but over time, individual parts can break down and malfunction due to wear and tear or lack of maintenance. So remember your HVAC’s birthday! As your HVAC enters its terrible teens, keep a closer eye on it: your unit might be in its rebellious stage and could start acting up. Like any good parent, be there to support your system and listen for signs it needs help.
How to Decide
Deciding it’s time to replace your HVAC unit and install a new one can be tricky, but the age of your system can help you decide if it’s time for a tuneup or a brand new installation. If your heating and cooling seems to be losing power, your energy bills are climbing higher, or your system requires frequent repairs, that’s your signal it's time to look into installing a new HVAC system.
What to Look For
Investigating your HVAC system and all its parts can feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. It can be hard to tell the signs your HVAC is bad, but if you’re noticing your system working at half speed, uncomfortable temperatures in your home, odd noises, weird smells, water outside of your system, and some other telltale symptoms, you likely have a malfunctioning HVAC system.
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