When is a good time to repair or replace your HVAC? Taking care of your HVAC (heating and cooling) system is a big part of maintaining a residence. And unforeseen repairs can be costly and disruptive to your day-to-day life. But how do you know when it’s the right time to have work done on your HVAC system? Here’s what you should consider when evaluating your system’s needs and when to make a fix.
Signs to Repair or Replace Your HVAC
Efficiently running heating, ventilation, and cooling is what every home deserves. And while it’s not always clear from initial looks, you can oftentimes tell if your HVAC system requires maintenance, repairs, or to be fully replaced. How? Just by checking for a few simple things on your unit!
- Warn Down Parts
One way to tell if your HVAC system needs attention is by taking a look at your appliance itself. Not only can the interior workings of your system break down, but exterior components can also wear down over time. By doing regular checks, you can help prolong the life of your unit and catch any damage before it gets worse. If you do see wear and tear or if your system seems to not be working as it normally does, it’s best to have it checked out. This can help you avoid a bigger headache later on.
Another thing to keep your eyes peeled for is any leaks in and around your unit. While they’re easier than some issues to spot, they can be fairly difficult to fix – especially if they get too far out of hand. If you see any liquid coming from any other place than the condenser pipe, it’s time for a fix!
- Check Filters
One of the initial ways people can tell that their HVAC isn’t running efficiently is by checking the airflow from vents. And Energy Air says a smell, like burning dust or metal, can also be indicators. If you flip your heater on and no air is flowing through, your filter is likely clogged. Not only can a clog prevent you from getting the service you’re expecting, but it can affect allergies and damage systems. Performing regular filter replacements can mean the difference between a few months and a few years of life left in your unit.
- Determine your Unit’s Age
The age of an HVAC system can tell you a lot about whether or not it’s time for a repair or upgrade. According to Conditioned Air Inc. typically, with maintenance and care, systems can last from anywhere between 15-25 years before needing to be replaced. If you aren’t the original owner and don’t know how old it is, the serial number can tell you everything. And whether or not your system shows signs of needing to be replaced after that time, replacing it anyways can save you a ton on costs, and strife, in the long run.
B&D is Here to Help
At B&D, we provide you with all of the necessary, routine preventative maintenance needed to prolong the life of your HVAC system. This includes air-handling units, combination refrigerated air natural gas units, split systems, evaporative coolers, chillers, furnaces, and thermostats in your home. This helps you save costs, stay comfortable, and live worry-free when it comes to your entire system. Contact us to start working with our expert, EPA-licensed technicians!