The Top 5 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System

If you own a house long enough, HVAC replacement eventually becomes a matter of when, not if.  During the many seasons your system’s been keeping your home comfortable, it’s also been accumulating wear and tear like any mechanical device. As an aging heating or cooling system passes its prime, there’s a point where considering HVAC replacement makes sense in a number of ways.  Here are five signs that may help you decide that it’s time.

  • Dwindling expected service life. You can’t turn back the clock. Gas-fired furnaces generally last 20 years, while a central air conditioner has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
  • Lost efficiency. If you’re noticing increasing heating or cooling costs and there’s no other likely explanation, the issue may be related to the age of your HVAC system. While certain specific efficiency problems may be resolved by repairs or part replacements, a pattern of general efficiency decline over time without other obvious causes is probably due to wear and tear.
  • Declining reliability. As malfunctions and breakdowns — major or minor — become routine and calls for professional HVAC service occur more frequently, the inconvenience and discomfort finally reaches a tipping point. Upgrading to a new unit is the definitive, clear-cut choice to restore dependable comfort and peace of mind.
  • Expensive repairs. There comes a time when investing substantial money to keep aging HVAC units running simply isn’t a good deal. Generally speaking, expensive replacements like a furnace heat exchanger or an air conditioner compressor in a unit that has exceeded two-thirds of  its expected service life aren’t wise investments.
  • Upgraded technology. A new HVAC system may include improved features like two-stage heating for improved performance and lower operating costs, a variable-speed blower that continuously circulates air for more consistent comfort, or a high-efficiency air conditioner that cools the house more effectively with greater reliability and longer service life. Manufacturer warranties on new units today are also generally more comprehensive.

If you’re noticing signs that HVAC replacement might be in the foreseeable future, contact the experts at Paitson Bros. about available options. We’ve been helping Terre Haute residents maintain efficient, effective household comfort since 1922.

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