How to Know When Your HVAC Needs to Be Replaced

A Lubbock HVAC technician in a blue shirt and wearing clear safety goggles adjusting an outdoor HVAC unit

Whether you live in a rented apartment or your own home in Lubbock, Texas, hot weather equalizes everything. Air conditioners keep us comfortable in the sweltering heat — that is until they break down. Few home system breakdowns are as devastating as your HVAC system. Before it breaks down, look for these eight signs that show your HVAC system might be nearing the end of its life span and needs a replacement.

There Is Bad Airflow

Your home may still be getting cool air in, but is it weaker than before? There could be a number of reasons for this, such as issues with blocked vents or your air conditioner compressor. Repairs are normally possible, but it’s worth comparing the cost of a new HVAC system if there are repeated repairs.

The Air Is Not Cold

It is probably obvious that if you aren’t getting any cool air in, something is wrong with your HVAC system. There may be a number of reasons why — if even at full blast — the air coming out of your vents just isn’t as cool as before. Call in the professionals to check it out. If the repairs needed are extensive and expensive, perhaps it may be time for a replacement.

There Is Moisture and Leakage Around the Unit

Condensation around your air conditioner is normal. However, excessive leakage may be due to a larger problem. If you notice a pool of water around your air conditioner, address the issue right away.

Water pools next to your air conditioner can indicate the condensate pipe and drain is broken or blocked. Excessive water leakage can damage your furniture or floor and lead to biological growth. Call in an expert technician right away.

Certain Zones in Your Home Aren’t Cooling

Sometimes cooling issues are related to your thermostat. A broken thermostat can prevent your system from effectively cooling a room or particular area in your home. An HVAC technician can determine if your thermostat needs to be replaced. And while you are at it, why not upgrade to a smart wireless thermostat?

It’s Making Funny Noises

Is your HVAC system making noises you have never heard before, such as squealing, grinding, or grating? After having a system for some time, you know its “normal” noises, so if a new noise has started, have it checked out. Some noises reflect a serious issue, such as broken motor bearings or a belt slipping. As this repair is often costly, it may be more cost effective to replace the entire system, depending on the age of your system.

Your HVAC system Is 10 to 15 Years Old

On average, an air conditioner lasts between 10 and 15 years. If you have had yours longer than that, then well done, as you got a great return on your investment. But since the newer systems focus on energy efficiency, it may be more cost effective to replace your HVAC system to experience better savings on your energy bills. When an older system breaks down, consider replacing it rather than repairing it.

Your HVAC System Is Always Needing Repairs

Yes, perhaps it is time to throw in the towel. Sooner or later, it comes to the point where it will save you money to replace your old HVAC system. This is especially true if you frequently have to replace older HVAC parts, which can become costly.

Energy Bills Are High

Your HVAC system consumes the most amount of energy in your home. Have your energy bills spiked since last season? This could be a sign your HVAC system is nearing the end of its life or needs a good checkup. Maintenance of your air conditioner should be done regularly. After completing maintenance, your HVAC specialist may recommend that you replace your system or let you know that it will need to be replaced soon.

As technology advances, there are new and improved HVAC systems coming onto the market. These systems offer many extra advantages over their older counterparts. While an older HVAC system may be functioning fine, chances are that is it more expensive to run than a newer unit.

Do you think it is time to replace your HVAC system? Give Sinclair Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Inc. a call at 844-749-2665 for expert advice and service.

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