No matter how much you take care of your HVAC system, one day it will have to be replaced. Just like any appliance in your home, proper care and maintenance can lead to your HVAC system working for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, all machines wear out eventually. But how can you know when it’s time to have a new system installed? If you’re having these thoughts, it may be time to contact us for an assessment to determine if you need a new AC system in Sarasota, FL.
1. The Unit Is No Longer Providing Consistent Cool Air
If your HVAC unit is blowing hot air in the summer and cold air in the winter, it may be time to invest in a new system. While this can occasionally be fixed with a replacement part or some maintenance work, when it becomes a repeated issue, you should consider having a new system installed. While there is a chance that your issue is a refrigerant leak, it can also be something as severe as a blown compressor.
If your system isn’t consistent, that’s also a sign of trouble. That means that some days it’s able to keep your house at the temperature you’ve chosen, but other times your indoor temperature is all over the map. In this case, it’s generally time to contact a professional for an assessment and estimate on having a new system installation.
Our trained HVAC techs are able to evaluate what’s causing your temperature inconsistencies.
2. Increased Energy Bills
While you may be concerned about the price of a new HVAC system, you may realize it’s time to consider one when you take a look at your monthly utility bills. There’s a chance that you haven’t even noticed your system running differently than it used to. However, if your monthly utility bills are increasing while the use of your HVAC is the same, there may be an underlying issue.
An HVAC system that is working inefficiently will run more often and for longer periods of time. This will cause a dramatic rise in your utility bill. While this problem is occasionally found to be caused by clogged ductwork, dirty air filters or other routine maintenance issues, it can also be caused by a system that just can’t keep up any longer.
You can generally contact your electric company and ask for an energy audit. This audit will see a trained professional come out and evaluate what has caused an increase in your bill. If the system is found to be HVAC related, it may be time for a new system.
3. New and Unusual Sounds
You’re probably very familiar with the noises that your house usually makes. Every home has certain creaks and pops that families grow accustomed to over time. However, when an HVAC unit starts making unusual noises, it may be a sign of a much larger issue. Sounds that signal the end of an HVAC system’s useful life often sounds like a grinding noise which typically signifies something major that has gone awry with the system. If your house has picked up a new noise and you only hear it when the HVAC system is running, you should contact one of our professionals to have the system checked out.
4. Diminished Air Flow
This sort of a problem can often be broken down into different “zones” within your home. If certain rooms aren’t getting the airflow that they need, you can generally chalk that up to ductwork that has become clogged or has simply come loose from its conjoining parts. However, if your entire house has diminished airflow, it’s possible that your system is just no longer able to keep up.
This problem may also be attributed to a faulty or misplaced thermostat. If your thermostat isn’t in the right spot in your home or has simply gone bad, it can cause the thermostat to think your home is getting the needed airflow even when it isn’t. However, if one of our HVAC service techs checks out your system and determines that the thermostat is functioning properly, but your entire home is still not getting the needed airflow, you may need a new system installation.
Having cool air to battle the summer heat in Sarasota, FL, is an important part of making your home more comfortable. If you find yourself unable to cool down while inside, contact us to find out why.
5. Moisture Buildup
Moisture buildup isn’t a problem that you usually see on the inside of your home. However, you may see it on the main unit that is found outside your house. If you go to the main unit and see an unusual amount of condensation, it’s possible that your HVAC unit is nearing the end of its useful life. Ideally, your HVAC unit only gets wet if it’s exposed to rainy elements.
While moisture on your unit may be caused by a refrigerant leak, it could also be a sign of something significantly more important. Either way, you should contact a professional, as handling HVAC refrigerant without proper training is very dangerous. If you notice excess moisture that is building up on your HVAC system, contact one of our team members today to find out why.
6. Short Cycling
This term may not mean much to you, but it could definitely be a sign of a system that is no longer able to perform the way you need it to. It’s not unusual for your system to turn on and off multiple times throughout the day to maintain your desired temperature, but you should be able to almost anticipate how long and how often your unit is going to run. If you find your HVAC system turning on and off more frequently throughout the day, you may have an issue.
Short cycling causes your system to go through multiple startups and shutdowns throughout the day, which will put an unexpected amount of stress on the system. If you find that your system is coming on and turning off more often, contact one of our HVAC service techs and see if it’s a small mechanical issue or a case of needing something significant done.
7. Frequent Maintenance Calls
If you’re seeing your HVAC service tech too often, it may be time to consider having a new unit installed. As an analogy: if you were spending more on vehicle repairs than your car is worth, you’d probably consider buying a new vehicle. The same principle applies to your HVAC system.
While your system undoubtedly came with a warranty when you first had it installed, those warranties do run out. This eventually means your repair bills will become more and more expensive. In addition to paying for service calls, you may find yourself paying a higher amount in parts and labor than your system is worth. If that’s the case, consider purchasing a new unit.
While many people don’t want to accept the fact that their HVAC system may need to be replaced, it’s inevitable. According to the US Department of Energy, the typical lifespan of an HVAC system is between 10 and 15 years. If your system is older than that and is not working well or is costing you 50% more in repairs than a new system would cost, contact us at Aqua Plumbing and Air. We can assess your current system, perform a load calculation and make recommendations on a new energy efficient system. A new system will provide improved comfort plus save you on your monthly energy bills.
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