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Do I Need to Replace my HVAC System?

Summer is officially starting this month. And if there is one thing we know, it’s that Texas heat is brutal. Your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is essential to your overall comfort as temperature reaches triple digits. Your HVAC system is working to maintain the airflow and overall temperature of your home. If your home doesn’t reach the desired temperature, it may be time to look into the condition of your HVAC unit. This leads you to the question whether your HVAC unit needs to be repaired or replaced. Below are the top 6 six signs it’s time to replace a HVAC system.

How old is the HVAC?

Age is just one factor that can contribute to needin to replace a HVAC system. A typical HVAC unit can lasts 10-12 years, depending on its type and how much maintenance it has received. If it’s well-maintained, sometimes it can last longer. The Department of Energy recommends replacing a unit after 10 years. If you don’t know how old your system is, you can check the manufacturer’s label usually located on the side of the unit. An older HVAC system becomes less efficient with time. Repairs can be costly and at times more expensive than getting a new one.

Temperature is difficult to maintain

What is the most obvious sign that it’s time to replace a HVAC system? An old HVAC unit will often struggle with keeping the home at a consistent temperature. This issue could be due to a lot of different problems like a broken thermostat, dirty air filters or damaged ducts. If you’ve been having trouble keeping a comfortable temperature in your home, a new HVAC system may be in order.

Energy bill spikes

Texas energy bills usually spike during seasonal changes and this year is no different. However, if you’re seeing a dramatic increase between months or years, that may indicate an issue with your HVAC system. It’s worth consulting a technician if you see a significant increase in your utility bill.

Repair costs are more than half of the cost to replace

Maintenance is essential to keep an HVAC system running smoothly. Depending on the condition of your HVAC unit, it will need repairs overtime. If the cost of repairs is more than half of what a replacement would cost, or have repaired more than twice each year, it’s probably worth a new replacement.

Dust accumulation

Your HVAC unit is responsible for more than just heating and cooling your home. It also ventilates and limits dust, debris and dirt indoors by regulating the humidity for air purity. If you notice more dust accumulating in your home, your AC may not be ventilating or filtering the air as well as it should. Switch out the air filter(s) first, and if that doesn’t work, we recommend consulting a technician before moving forward with a replacement.

Odd noises coming from unit

A HVAC unit running smoothly should be silent for the majority of the time. You can hear the sound of the unit turning on and off. Clanging, grinding or squealing noises suggest there could be a problem.

Contact Quarter Moon Plumbing, Heating, and A/C for an HVAC consultation

All of the telltale signs of a broken HVAC unit can be resolved with an energy efficient unit.
If you still aren’t sure whether you need your unit to be replaced or repaired, call Quarter Moon for a unit checkup. Our certified team will do a full examination of both your inside and outside unit and provide the best options for you and your family.

Our team will take into account the square footage and layout of your home when selecting the correct HVAC unit. When the time comes to make a purchase decision, we understand that cost plays a big role. We’re happy to be able to offer a smart, flexible financing options with levels of customization to best fit your family’s budgets and needs.