Is Your HVAC System Trying to Tell You Something?
Before the temperatures rise too high, it’s time to think about your trusty HVAC system. Will it hold out for another year of scorching temperatures? or is it on its last legs?
If you aren’t sure, here are some warning signs you might want to look out for!
Central Air Conditioning:
Is your system running louder than it used to?
Has your AC bill gone up drastically in the span of one month or season?
As systems age the efficiency of their parts decreases, especially if they are not properly maintained on a regular basis. You may also want to consider these other factors:
- Age – The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates that a typical central air-conditioning unit should last from 10 to 15 years. If the equipment in your home is approaching that age, it may be time to consider replacing it.
- Unusual odors – Any out of the ordinary odors coming from your ductwork or equipment should be cause for concern – especially if it smells as if something is burning.
- Frequent maintenance – An air-conditioner that needs repair on a frequent basis is just about always near the end of its operational life.
Is the cost of your electric, oil, or gas bill is going up faster than the temperatures outside?
Is your furnace is in need of frequent maintenance?
These are both good signs that your heating system may need to be replaced. Often a new, more efficient system can save you money in the long run. who wouldn’t like that? You might also keep an eye out for:
- Uneven heating – If some rooms just don’t seem to get warm enough anymore, it could be due to the age of the equipment.
- Age – The National Association of Home Builders projects that a typical residential furnace should last about 15 to 25 years. If the one in your home is approaching that time frame, keeping a close watch on it might be a good idea.
- An unusually dry home – As a furnace ages, it may lose its ability to add moisture to the conditioned air it circulates. If family members start to suffer from dry skin or your house plants begin to look sickly, your furnace may be ill as well.
Like Central Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps often show their age by becoming excessively noisy and running less efficiently – thus causing your energy rates to jump. A noisy outside unit could indicate that there is a serious problem. Some other red flags to look out for with your heat pump:
- Age – Energy Star estimates that the average lifespan of a residential heat pump is about 10 years. If your unit is approaching that age, you may be able to lower your energy costs by installing a new unit.
- Stuck in one mode – A heat pump that only heats or cools could need major repairs that are costly enough that purchasing a new unit might be a better idea.
- Ice developing on the coils – If you notice a buildup of ice on your indoor or outdoor unit, it might be a simple repair or a sign of more serious problems. In either case, it’s time to call a qualified repairman and might be time for a new unit as well.
The only way to know for sure if you need to replace or repair your system is to have a certified technician inspect the unit.
Don’t get stuck in the heat with a system that is on the fritz! Have it looked at today!