Of all the common household appliances, an HVAC system is perhaps the most expensive to purchase, with the average cost of installing a new system ranging from $4,000 to $9,000.
Then again, the fact that HVAC systems are built to last means that their typically steep price tag is only fair. Most HVAC systems last for more than ten years. The lifespan of some models is even double that. However, no matter how sturdy an HVAC system is, the time to replace it will always come. After all, for all the bells and whistles that come with new HVAC models, they are still machines, and machines do suffer a breakdown at some point.
Some homeowners with an HVAC system that’s due for a replacement might say, “but it’s working just fine!” whenever someone tells them it’s time for an upgrade.
However, even when an HVAC system can still run, it will give you hints that it would be just a matter of time before it no longer can.
Signs your HVAC system is due for replacement
Let’s take a look at some signs your HVAC system is due for a replacement.
Your HVAC system is aging
One clear sign that your HVAC system is due for a replacement is its age.
Sure, most HVAC manufacturers would say that their products can last 15 years. As mentioned earlier, some of them add five years or so to that figure.
However, they fail to mention that its longevity would depend on how well you maintain it. If your HVAC system gets regular maintenance work, it has a much better chance of reaching or even surpassing its supposed lifespan. If tune-ups are few and far between, your HVAC system could give up on you much earlier than what its manufacturer promised.
How hard you’re making it work can also be a factor in its length of service. So, even if your HVAC system is only ten years old, but you run it all day and night, it will likely break down more frequently. By then, it would only be a matter of time before it gives up the ghost.
Frequent breakdowns, costly repairs
When your HVAC system goes on the fritz time and again, what you have there is another sign that it’s time for an upgrade. While minor malfunctions are a bit easier to take, breakdowns caused by a faulty crucial part of your HVAC system can hurt your pocket.
For example, repairing a malfunctioning compressor fan motor could make you up to $1,500 poorer. If you have problems with your HVAC system’s compressor, it can cost you anywhere between $1,800 to $2,800 to fix or replace. If your evaporator coil is the culprit, repairing it would be in the vicinity of $3,500 or more.
If the breakdowns are frequent and the repairs are this costly, you might as well be getting an HVAC upgrade. After all, the expense involved wouldn’t be that much higher than if you settled for repairs.
Ever-rising energy bills
Astronomical energy bills are also a clear indication that it’s time to shop for a new HVAC installation. While it’s true that HVAC systems are, by nature, energy guzzlers, energy bills that have been continually rising despite maintaining the same level of HVAC use mean it’s getting less and less efficient by the day. That’s just the nature of HVAC systems: the older they get, the less efficient they become.
And if your HVAC system’s efficiency is still poor even with regular tune-ups, then it’s time to shop for a new one.
Constant cycling between on and off modes
When your HVAC turns on and off far too frequently, it’s probably too large for your home.
An oversized AC cools the area near the thermostat too quickly and shuts down every eight to 10 minutes once it hits the set temperature. It does this even when it hasn’t cooled the entire space properly.
The problem with short-cycling ACs is that they’re likely to wear out earlier than expected, which could cause damage to their parts and shorten their lifespan. The constant stopping and starting during its short cycles also contribute to higher electricity bills.
If you want to find out if your current HVAC system is oversized, call a trained HVAC technician to review it. Once the technician confirms you have an HVAC system that’s too big for your home, you should consider replacing it. It’s going to save you more money in the long run.
It can be difficult to let go of your old HVAC system, especially if it somehow continues to cool or heat your home, but there are plenty of benefits in store for you if you upgrade your home’s HVAC system. Check out the infographic below and see for yourself what an HVAC upgrade can do for you and your family.