It can be a tough decision – whether to fix your current HVAC system, or spend the money for an upgrade. A brand new system can cost thousands of dollars, making it a large investment for your home. But in the long run, a new system can end up saving you money, not to mention keep your home comfortable.
There are many HVAC problems that can be fixed easily and definitely don’t require the investment of a brand new system. But how do you know that you’ve reached the point of considering a system overhaul? If these 4 signs describe your relationship with heating and cooling in your home, it might be time to call in a professional and start researching which new system will be right for your home.
Is your HVAC system older than your tweens?
If you have an HVAC system that is older than 10-15 years old, it might be time to consider replacing it with a more energy efficient system. Over the past decade, technological advances have led to the development of home climate control systems that can really improve your quality of life and comfort while at home, while also saving you money on your energy bills.
Before you opt for a new system, though, it’s a great idea to contact a professional who can come into your home and provide an energy audit. They’ll be able to take a look at your current system, and offer advice on whether or not you truly need to do a complete overhaul.
Are you on a first-name basis with your HVAC repairman?
If your local HVAC technician is visiting your house on a regular basis, that’s a sign that there could be a major problem. Sure, techs can continue to put Band-Aids on a failing system, but the cost for each repair can be pricey, depending on which parts of your system are failing. This is definitely another instance where you may want to consider replacing your system. Talk to your tech and see what he advises for a long-term solution to get your system running without problems. Remember, you can always get more than one opinion to verify that a new system is really the best way to go.
Do your energy bills keep increasing in cost?
If your HVAC system hasn’t changed, but your bills just keep going up, you should at least have an energy audit completed on your home. True, if you’re using a system that requires natural gas or oil, your costs will fluctuate based on the prices of these resources, but it never hurts to have a pro show you some ways you could be saving money. If there is a problem, a professional will be able to walk you through your options and help you develop a long-term plan.
A new energy-efficient system can save homeowners somewhere in the neighborhood of 20% on their annual energy bills, which is something to consider when looking at the cost of replacing your system. A bigger expenditure short term has a high probability of saving you money in the long run.
Does your system keep running without properly heating or cooling your house?
An HVAC system that never shuts off is definitely a problem. There could be a number of causes for this, including a faulty thermostat, but if you’ve taken the initial steps to solve the problem and still find your system running constantly, it may be time to take the big step towards investing in a new HVAC system.
One thing we absolutely advise against doing is replacing your HVAC system just for the sake of replacing it. As the saying goes, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Unless you have stacks of cash sitting around, and want to potentially disrupt your household with installation technicians, it’s better to just ride out the lifespan of your existing system or make smaller adjustment to an overall good system rather than replacing it entirely.
Think it might be time to replace your system? Give us a call at (205) 564-5004 to schedule a consultation!