If you're like us, you may start daydreaming about fall temperatures when you get a random taste of 70-degree temperatures (much like we had this past weekend). It's kind of hard not to. Many stores have already started promoting various pumpkin spice treats and Halloween decor has taken over the shelves. But, let's keep it real - it's only the beginning of September which means temperatures will continue to stay in the 90s for at least another month (or two). As such, it's absolutely necessary that your air conditioner be able to keep up with the heat.
But what about when it can't? Today we'll discuss how to tell when it's time to replace your Cary HVAC system.
Repair or Replace?
We don't have to tell you that your Cary HVAC system is one of the most expensive and sophisticated systems in your home. If you've ever replaced an HVAC unit before, you already know. Not only does it include your air conditioner, but it also includes your furnace, ventilation, air ducts, and all the controls to keep your home comfortable.
While we typically expect HVAC systems to last between 10-15 years, we also know without regular maintenance, that your Cary HVAC may not run as well as it should. Furthermore, as your system ages, it may not run as effectively as it once did. One of the first signs that your system is nearing the end of its life is that your utility bill is much higher than it should be. However, there are a few other indicators that it's time to replace your Cary HVAC.
Is Your Cary HVAC 10-15 years old?
Just as we just mentioned above, one of the easiest ways to determine if your Cary HVAC is in need of repair or should be replaced is based on the age of your system. If your system is brand new or only a few years old, it's likely that you just need a maintenance check. However, if your system is between 10-15 years old, you may want to consider replacing the unit instead of sinking more money into a repair. Either way, check your manufacturer's guidelines to determine how long your equipment should last.
Are Repair Costs Increasing?
If you're finding that your annual Cary HVAC tune-up is becoming more of a major repair expense than a check-up, it may be time to put that money to better use and invest in new equipment. We find that newer HVAC systems are much more energy-efficient and will actually save you money on your energy bill each month rather than draining your bank account.
Is your Energy Bill increasing too?
Speaking of which, pay attention to your utility bill. While extra hot or cold months definitely play a role in how high or low your bill is each month, if you continually see your energy bills rising each month without explanation, it could mean that your Cary HVAC is working harder than it should be to keep up with the demands of your home.
Are there Hot or Cold Spots In Your Home?
Another tale-tale sign that you may need to replace your Cary HVAC is that you have some rooms that are either too hot or too cold. If you've set the thermostat, heard the system turn on and no air seems to be flowing into a room, or you're finding that there's a room in your home that never seems to fully cool down or warm-up, you may have a problem.
While it could be a problem with your ventilation systems, such as a blocked vent or leaky ductwork; it could also be a case of an old furnace or aging air conditioner that can't keep up.
Does Something Smell Funny?
Anytime you smell something funny in your home, you should identify the source and respond immediately. In particular, a gas-forced furnace leak can be fatal so if you suspect that the smell is coming from your furnace, give us a call ASAP.
That said, some smells will disappear on their own. For example, you may smell a dusty or burning smell coming from your furnace at the start of the season, especially if it's been a while since you last used it. However, if you continue to smell something that won't go away, it could mean something more severe including mold build-up in the ventilation system or something even more serious.
While this isn't an immediate indicator that you need to replace your system, you should definitely have your system serviced.
All of that said, if you're still not sure whether or not it's time to replace your system, go ahead and schedule a maintenance visit with our team of experts. Call Choice HVAC at 919-435-2711 and we'll be happy to review all of your options.