When is it Time to Purchase a New System?

When everything is going well, your HVAC system is probably the last thing on your mind. But if your system isn’t working as well as it should be, you may be thinking about it a lot more than you would like to be. One of the things about air conditioning that Neptune Beach residents worry about the most how to know when it’s time to replace the entire system and what to do when it is.

The Hidden Cost from Old Heating and Air Conditioning

When it comes to their air conditioning, Neptune Beach residents are often tempted to put off installing a new system because they worry about the expense. The problem is, if your heating and cooling system is no longer working efficiently, it’s costing you money every day. If the heating and cooling system you have in your home is starting to get older, take a look at your bills. Does it look like you’re spending more than you should be on your heating and cooling expenses? If so, a home energy audit might be in order.

You don’t need to guess about whether or not your current system is wasting energy, the efficiency of your system is something that can be measured. You can either have your system analyzed by a team of professional HVAC technicians, or you can request an energy audit from your energy provider. If you have your system tested and the results show an efficiency of 70% or less, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

Spending the money to invest in a new heating and cooling system will really pay off in the long run with all the money you’ll be saving once you’re not paying for the wasted energy caused by running an inefficient system.

Signs You Should Replace Your Unit

Thankfully, a lot of the problems that arise with HVAC systems can be easily repaired. But if your system is over 20 years old or it hasn’t been properly maintained, it might need to be replaced with an upgrade. If you find yourself answering “yes” to more of the following questions than you’re not, it’s probably time for you to consider biting the bullet and installing a new system for your home.

  • Are you having trouble maintaining a consistent temperature in your home?
  • Are you not getting the quality of air conditioning Neptune Beach requires in warm weather to stay comfortable?
  • Is your heating system not hitting the high in your home you want it to before it shuts off?
  • Many people save energy by adjusting the thermostat when they leave home. Is it taking too long for your system to adjust the temperature in your home that you need when you get back home?
  • Is your system making unusual noises that repairs aren’t able to fix?
  • Is your system constantly running too loud because it’s struggling to keep up with the heating or cooling demand?
  • Have your energy bills been too high because of your heating and cooling system?
  • Does it seem like your system is running more often than it’s not, but the temperature still isn’t where you want it?

Some Unsafe Signs to Watch For

While inefficiency and repair costs are problems that can make it necessary to install a new system, there are also several unsafe conditions that can make it extremely important to remove your old system.

For example, if you have an older furnace and it develops cracks or leaks in the heat exchanger, it’s no longer safe to operate and should be replaced immediately. This is because the heat exchanger is meant to keep all the exhaust fumes separate from the air that circulates through your home, so harmful gases and carbon monoxide can build up in your home if it becomes compromised.

If you notice any of the following signs, you should have your system checked out immediately.

  • Unreliable heating or cooling performance that can become a health hazard during extreme weather, especially in homes with seniors, young children, and pets.
  • The scent of something burning that’s more than just the usual dusty heater smell.
  • Any signs of smoke that could signal a fire hazard.
  • If you have an old furnace and notice a headache, weakness, confusion, nausea, and dizziness, these can be warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and you should get immediate medical attention before worrying about your HVAC system. Carbon monoxide poisoning can progress to include vomiting or loss of consciousness, and can even be fatal if you don’t receive treatment.

What to do When You Need to Replace Your Heating and Cooling System

If you have doubts about your HVAC system, sign up for a free estimate and get advice from a reliable professional before jumping into anything. A lot of problems that arise with HVAC systems can be repaired, so you might not need to replace your system immediately.

If you determine that repairs won’t be worth the cost or if the problems with your current system can’t be fixed, you should start looking to purchase a new heating and cooling system and having it installed in your home. When it’s necessary to replace heating and air conditioning, Neptune Beach residents should carefully decide the fuel type, system type, features, and specifications that will best fit their needs. It’s also important to research the reliability and energy efficiency of the available systems before making a final choice.

If your old system is acting up and making you feel uneasy, please feel free to contact us for advice. We’ve been proving services for air conditioning that Neptune Beach and the greater Jacksonville area residents have come to rely on for over 35 years.

 

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