Whether it’s summer or winter in New Albany, IN, you depend on your HVAC system to stay comfortable and safe. But you know your system won’t last forever, and the stress of when that day might come continues to build. Here are four signs to watch for that indicate it may be time to plan for a replacement.
1. Odd Sounds or Smells
When your HVAC system is running properly, it should produce almost no noise or odors. While noises and odors do not always mean you need a system replacement, they could when they’re combined with other factors. If you hear a screaming sound or smell something similar to car exhaust, you likely have a refrigerant leak, which means significant repairs.
2. Long Run Cycles
Systems without multi-speed compressors should run until the set temperature is reached and then shut off, continuing in periodic cycles. However, it will eventually start to run longer with decreased efficiency caused by age, mechanical problems, or airflow restrictions. Longer cycles certainly mean something is not working properly and may warrant a new system, depending on the cost of repairs versus replacement.
3. Increasing Repairs
Every system will require periodic AC repairs as parts wear out. However, as the system nears the end of its effective service life, those repairs increase in frequency and price.
To determine if the repairs warrant a new system, simply multiply the cost of the repair by the age of the system. If that exceeds the cost of a new system, it may be time to consider that replacement.
4. A System Old Enough for Drinks
The average HVAC system will last about 10-15 years, depending on maintenance, air quality, and temperature settings. If your system is over this mark, it is likely lacking the improved efficiency of newer models. Now is a good time to plan for a replacement before it has a catastrophic failure.
Avoid the headache of an emergency HVAC replacement when the temperatures are at their most extreme. Call to schedule your new AC installation consultation with one of the experts at Lamb’s Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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