3 Signs Your Aging HVAC Unit Is Ready For Retirement
If you lose your wallet, the loss of money, energy and time is undeniable. Wasting money on your HVAC system is less obvious but just as upsetting, if you actually look at the numbers.
Air conditioning systems should be replaced every 10-15 years, according to the Department of Energy. Systems older than ten years also use a type of Freon (R-22) that is not only obsolete but also extremely harmful to the environment. Installing a newer unit will not only lower your energy bills but will also help to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 15 to 20 years, though some may only last about 10. They typically only last seven to twelve years in coastal areas because of salt exposure. When the compressor breaks down or the condenser develops significant corrosion and leaks, both air conditioners and heat pumps are typically replaced.
Check when your unit was installed and ask a professional how long it should last as some newer units may last up to 15 years. It's best to schedule your HVAC replacement as far in advance as you can so that a malfunctioning system does not catch you off guard. It's not ideal to have to rush to replace a broken system in the middle of winter or summer.
As one of the most important components of your home, an HVAC system’s efficiency and functionality are invaluable to your family’s safety and comfort, but that doesn’t mean you should be continually dumping resources into it! To determine whether or not you are losing money on your HVAC system, we have compiled a few telltale signs that indicate it’s time to install a new, more efficient HVAC unit in your home.
Repairs Are Constant & Costly
As your system ages, the years of work take a toll on the components within. Compressors, coils and motors will begin to breakdown more often. Frequent repairs on your old system will begin to add up in terms of costs to you. Installing a new system may be more cost-effective for you when measured against continuing, costly repair bills.
Your Air Quality Is Bad
The chance that your older system is harboring harmful contaminants increases with every passing year. Dust, mold, odor causing particles, excess humidity and other allergens that have become trapped in your system may circulate through your home’s air, creating or aggravating health and breathing problems.
Worrying Sounds Are Coming From Your System
Loud and unpleasant sounds from your heating and air conditioning unit are often signs of serious problems. These problems may be due to the age of the components in your system. The motors, fans and blowers of your HVAC unit should work without loud grinding or squealing sounds. A newer HVAC system will run quietly, without annoying sounds to disturb the peace and quiet of your home.
If you are noticing any of these trouble signs from your HVAC system, or you have any questions, call Evans Heating & Cooling at 289.204.9354 to schedule an inspection!